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 the blank page.

(trans. by Miller Williams)

by Nicanor Parra

Other poems of PARRA (6)

Comments (18)

Rightly said. Beautiful
Does anyone know where i can find the Spanish version of this poem?
You have said it all. Young poets (poets remain young till the very end) are explorers of new galaxies every moment. Small but significant comment on the role of a poet.
Such an inspiration to young (and to us old) poets. This is the first time I have ever added the poem of the day to my favorite poem list, as far as I can remember. Of course, at my age I can't remember very far.
So inspiring and satisfying. Sadly so often spirit is chained in the discipline of format. Thank you so much for translating this beautiful peace.
See More