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Saturday, December 17, 2011

POETRY ENDS WITH ME by Nicanor Parra



I'm not putting an end to anything
I don't have any illusions about that
I wanted to keep on writing poems
But the inspiration stopped.
Poetry has acquitted itself well
I have conducted myself horribly.

What do I gain by saying
I have acquitted myself well
And poetry has conducted itself badly
When everybody knows I'm to blame?



This is what an imbecile deserves!


Poetry has acquitted itself well
I have conducted myself horribly
Poetry ends with me.



- Nicanor Parra
translated by Miller Williams


Just part of a great anthology of Parra's poetry available for you in English at http://www.nicanorparra.uchile.cl/english/index.html

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