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December 7, 2011

Chilean Poet Nicanor Parra won the 2011 Miguel de Cervantes Prize

Filed under: Chile, South America — razvan @ 6:59 pm

Nicanor Parra, the Chilean poet and mathematician who seeks to demystify poetry and make it accessible to a wider audience, has won the 2011 Miguel de Cervantes Prize.

Organizers of the world’s highest Spanish-language literary honour announced Parra, 97, as the winner on Thursday in Madrid.

Born into a well-known family of artists, writers and performers (including his famed folk singer sister Violeta), Parra graduated from the University of Chile and became a professor of mathematics and physics in 1938.
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Worth €125,000 (nearly $171,500 Cdn), the Cervantes Prize honours a Spanish-language writer for his or her body of work and is among the world’s most lucrative literary awards. Past recipients have included Spain’s Ana Maria Matute, Peru’s Mario Vargas Llosa and Mexico’s Octavio Paz.

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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.

Test

What is an antipoet
Someone who deals in coffins and urns?
A general who’s not sure of himself?
A priest who believes in nothing?
A drifter who finds everything funny
Even old age and death?
A speaker you can’t trust?
A dancer at the edge of a cliff?
A narcissist who loves everyone?
A joker who goes for the jugular
And is mean just for the hell of it?
A poet who sleeps in a chair?
A modern-day alchemist?
An armchair revolutionary?
A petit-bourgeois?
A fake?
a god?
a naive person?
A peasant from Santiago, Chile?
Underline the right answer.

What is antipoetry
A tempest in a teapot?
A spot of snow on a rock?
A tray piled high with human shit
As Father Salvatierra believes?
A mirror that doesn’t lie?
A slap in the face
Of the president of the Writers’ Society?
(God save his soul)
A warning to young poets?
A jet-propelled coffin?
A coffin in centrifugal orbit?
A coffin run on kerosene?
A funeral parlor without a corpse?

Put an X
Next to the right answer.

Translated by David Unger

Test

Qué es un antipoeta:
Un comerciante en urnas y ataúdes?
Un sacerdote que no cree en nada?
Un general que duda de sí mismo?
Un vagabundo que se ríe de todo
Hasta de la vejez y de la muerte?
Un interlocutor de mal carácter?
Un bailarín al borde del abismo?
Un narciso que ama a todo el mundo?
Un bromista sangriento
Deliberadamente miserable?
Un poeta que duerme en una silla?
Un alquimista de los tiempos modernos?
Un revolucionario de bolsillo?
Un pequeño burgués?
Un charlatán?
Un dios?
Un inocente?
Un aldeano de Santiago de Chile?
Subraye la frase que considere correcta.

Qué es la antipoesía:
Un temporal en una taza de té?
Una mancha de nieve en una roca?
Un azafate lleno de excrementos humanos
Como lo cree el padre Salvatierra?
Un espejo que dice la verdad?
Un bofetón al rostro
Del presidente de la Sociedad de Escritores?
(Dios lo tenga en su santo reino)
una advertencia a los poetas jóvenes?
Un ataúd a chorro?
Un ataúd a fuerza centrífuga?
Un ataúd a fuerza centrífuga?
Un ataúd a gas de parafina?
Una capilla ardiente sin difunto?

Marque con una cruz
La definición que considere correcta.

“¿Qué es poesía?” , se pregunta Parra. El mismo se responde:
“La fundación del ser por la palabra
Todo lo que se mueve es poesía
Lo que no cambia de lugar es prosa
Pero ¿qué es poesía? Todo lo que nos une es poesía
Sólo la prosa puede separarnos
Sí, pero ¿qué es poesía?
Vida en palabras
Un enigma que se niega a ser descifrado
Por los profesores
Un poco de verdad y una aspirina
Antipoesía eres tú”

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