Get Your Premium Membership

Poyecto de tren instantaneo entre Santiago y Puerto Montt by Nicanor Parra, Translated by T Wignesan

Proyecto de tren instantaneo entre Santiago y Puerto Montt by Nicanor Parra, Translated by T. Wignesan Soliloquio del Individuo by Nicanor Parra, Translated by T Wignesan (Homage to Nicanor PARRA, 1914-2018, the Chilean ANTI-POET, winner of the "Cervantes Prize" (the highest literary honour for writers in Spanish), four times nominated for the Nobel Prize, studied Physics (Brown University), Cosmology (Oxford University) and taught maths and physics for some 40 years, but styles himself as the Poet who writes "Anti-Poems" - a fresh chastising wind to debunk self-styled poets hardly born to the métier but drunk with their own effete and ephemeral voices. T. Wignesan, Paris, 2016.) The Anatomy of the Instantaneous Train (plying) between Santiago and Puerto Montt The engine of the instantaneous train occupies the place of the destination (Pto Montt) while the last coach straddles the station of departure (Stgo) This type of train affords the passenger the advantage of arriving instantaneously at Puerto Montt at the very moment he boards the last coach in Santiago The rub is in order to continue voyaging the traveller has to keep moving with his luggage through the train until he gains the first coach Once the passage has been realized the passenger may proceed to exit the instantaneous train which has remained stationary during the entire voyage. • Observation: This type of (direct) train serves only the uni-directional journey. Source: Poem read by Nicanor Parra as invitee to the International Poetry Festival in the Netherands in 1989 (?) © T. Wignesan – Paris, 2016

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016




Post Comments

Poetrysoup is an environment of encouragement and growth so only provide specific positive comments that indicate what you appreciate about the poem.

Please Login to post a comment

Date: 3/31/2016 6:11:00 PM
An interesting and amusing post.....I think I remember (perhaps it was in another life?) having "traveled" in many such trains on my various and numerous journeys, real and imagined.....
Login to Reply
Wignesan Avatar
T Wignesan
Date: 3/31/2016 6:26:00 PM
Interesting/amusing, but might I add "a very serious poet" as a mathematician and physics professor all his live-long years. Hi Leo!Glad you are able to "fellow-travel" with Parra in imaginary trains in imagined worlds. That's where we are all supposed to really meet, us, poets, that is. That's why poets stand apart! Every good wish and thanks for knocking. Wignesan