richardwells's review against another edition

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I loved this book. It's cheeky and hilarious and sets the world of "oh so serious I'm a poet who feels" right on its ear. Mr. Parra writes very short pieces with skill and grace and obviously enjoys throwing punches - he's refreshing, and it feels so good to read poetry that makes you laugh. He kind of reminds me of Jim Harrison, only a little less the curmudgeon.

woodlandbooklover's review against another edition

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Read the 1954 version. It surprised me these poems would be published in the 1950s, but granted, I don't know anything about poetry in Chile back then. Some of the poems seemed to hit a whining tone from the speaker, but even those had surprising images and phrases that made reading enjoyable.

janmartinek's review

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Good book to read while staying up at night due to unstoppable coughing — you'll cough even more, but the night gets remembered for something else. Strong, emotionally dense and unpretentious, plain and pictorial, modest and brutal at the same time. Full of humor and sarcasm, and also mocking the sarcasm itself.

Several different styles, from the short (the introduction says „graffiti-like“) to the epic poems in scale, though united by simple narration and topics of people, society, religion, politics… I'm just picking few of those most likeable/shareable as examples.


It isn't easy for me to feel sad
To be honest
Even skulls make me laugh.
The poet asleep on the cross
Greets you with tears of blood.


The poet's job is
To improve on the blank page
I don't think that's possible.

Good News!
in a million years the earth
will be whole again
We'll be the ones long gone