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The Test by Nicanor Parra, Translated by T Wignesan

The Test by Nicanor Parra, Translated by T. Wignesan What’s an antipoet: a trader in urns and coffins? a priest who does not believe in anything? a general who entertains doubts about himself? a vagabond who laughs at every thing until old age overtakes him unto death? an interlocuter of bad faith in a dialogue? a woman who dances at the brink of an abyss? a narcissist who loves everybody? a bloody humourist deliberately miserable? a poet who dozes off in a chair? a modern-day alchemist? a pocket revolutionary? a small-time bourgeois? a charlatan? a god? an innocent? a peasant of Santiago de Chile? Underline the sentence you consider correct. What is antipoetry: a storm in a tea cup? a sleeve of snow robed round a rock? a shallow tray full of human excreta as Father Save-the-Earth believes? a mirror that tells the truth? a big slap on the face of the President of the Society of Authors? ( May God preserve him in his holy kingdom) a warning to younger poets? a coffin in river rapids? a coffin of centrifugal force? a coffin of paraffin gas? a burning chapel without a corpse? Mark with a cross the definition you consider correct. © T. Wignesan – Paris, 2016

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