YOUNG POETS

A poem by Chilean poet Nicanor Parra. First published in Spanish in 1954, in his book Poemas y Antipoemas.

 

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 on the blank page.

 

Translated into English by Miller Williams.

 

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