Translated by Dave Oliphant
In the poems that make up these collective declarations, renowned Chilean "antipoet" Parra provides an enlightening perspective on the modern world. Delivered as a series of five "verse speeches" during the 1990s, the poems in After-Dinner Declarations speak to us on a human level, as playful, conversational musings. Parra speaks in many registers— from puns to diatribes to eulogies—in order to expose the hypocrisy of human institutions. Though ever playful, Parra’s linguistic brilliance confronts some of the most serious problems of our time, including ecology, human rights. As the “antipoet” leaps deftly from one topic to another with unbounded inventiveness, he discovers for us a wealth of philosophical insights, and uncovers the hidden connections between the ideas that shape our lives.
One of the great names in the literature of our language.
– Pablo Neruda
After-Dinner Declarations is a must read for anyone interested in Parra, the power and appeal of socially conscious poetry, or the exciting new field known as inter-American literature.
– Earl E. Fitz, Vanderbilt University
Nicanor Parra was a physicist, mathematician and world-renowned poet of great influence in Latin America. Born in San Fabian de Alico, Chile, Parra attended the University of Chile, Brown University and Oxford. He taught physics at the University of Chile. Parra authored dozens of books in his lifetime, and was exceedingly influential as the “anti-poet,” resisting the conventional formality of poetry.
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