Nicanor Parra

(September 5, 1914 / Chillán)

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Young Poets


Write as you will
In whatever style you like
Too much blood has run under the bridge
To go on believing
That only one road is right.

In poetry everything is permitted.

With only this condition of course,
You have to improve the blank page.

(trans. by Miller Williams)

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Thursday, December 08, 2011

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  • Savita Tyagi (1/8/2014 9:35:00 AM)

    Poetry is like a puzzle only with limitless pieces of words at hand. Find a correct fit and poem will flow. Bigger the reservoir of words bigger a scoop for a writer. Emotions top but skill and mastery of language does matter and for that reason matters the hard work of learning. (Report) Reply

  • Husna Amin (1/8/2014 2:21:00 AM)

    I find this poem a mirror to my belief that poetry is the projection of soul. An expression of the soul can never be true and beautiful unless it is free from the bondage of rules. 'Let the words flow, flow from the heart...let them find their place in another heart! ' (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (1/8/2013 11:53:00 PM)

    I am astonished! PH has put this poem! Strange! Did the editors read it carefully before sending! Perhaps. Actually celebrities (poets) are perhaps the different species......Now I come to my point of being astonished:

    IN POETRY EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED. (from poem above)

    Do PH believe it! If not, why do they misguide the new-generation poets in this world-based site. Off the record, I am 100% agree with Parra. And for this reason I support PH's sending. And expect they will edit carefully (as the sensitive learned editor does) the poems by the dark logic of slang using neglecting the necessity of perspective of a total writing..............................................Pranab k c........10++++++(for the poem) (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (1/8/2013 11:51:00 PM)

    I am astonished! PH has put this poem! Strange! Did the editors read it carefully before sending! Perhaps. Actually celebrities (poets) are perhaps the different species......Now I come to my point of being astonished:

    IN POETRY EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED. (from poem above)

    Do PH believe it! If not, why do they misguide the new-generation poets in this world-based site. Off the record, I am 100% agree with Parra. And for this reason I support PH's sending. And expect they will edit carefully (as the sensitive learned editor does) the poems by the dark logic of slang using neglecting the necessity of perspective of a total writing..............................................Pranab k c........10++++++(for the poem) (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (1/8/2013 11:40:00 PM)

    I am astonished! PH has put this poem! Strange! Did the editors read it carefully before sending! Perhaps. Actually celebrities (poets) are perhaps the different species......Now I come to my point of being astonished:

    IN POETRY EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED. (from poem above)

    Do PH believe it! If not, why do they misguide the new-generation poets in this world-based site. Off the record, I am 100% agree with Parra. And for this reason I support PH's sending. And expect they will edit carefully (as the sensitive learned editor does) the poems by the dark logic of slang using neglecting the necessity of perspective of a total writing..............................................Pranab k c........10++++++(for the poem) (Report) Reply

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