Nicanor Parra Sandoval is a mathematician and poet born in San Fabian de Alico, Chile, who has been considered to be a popular poet in Chile with enormous influence and popularity in Latin America. He describes himself as an "anti-poet," due to his distaste for standard poetic pomp and functionafter recitations he would exclaim Me retracto de todo lo dicho, or, "I take back everything I said".
Trying to get away from the conventions of poetry, Parra's poetic language renounces the refinement of most Latin American literature and adopts a more colloquial tone similar to prose. His first collection, "Poemas y Antipoemas" (1954) is a classic of Latin American literature, one of the most influential Spanish poetry collections of the twentieth century, and is cited as an inspiration by American Beat Writers such as Allen Ginsberg. Parra has been nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Parra comes from the artistically prolific Chilean Parra family of performers, musicians, artists, and writers. His sister, Violeta Parra, is possibly the most important folk singer the nation has produced.
Radio Universidad de Chile
Nicanor Parra website
Nicanor Parra | In Konvergencias
El proyecto de la Antipoesia de Nicanor Parra
Nicanor Parra en Biblioteca Virtual Cervantes
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