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This bilingual anthology brings together a representative selection from more than a half century of this distinguished Brazilian poet's lifetime work. Along with previously translated poems are many others in English for the first time. The remarkable group of poets and translators includes Elizabeth Bishop, Alastair Reid, Galway Kinnell, Louis Simpson, and W. S. Merwin.
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Selected Poetry, 1937-1990

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Overview

This bilingual anthology brings together a representative selection from more than a half century of this distinguished Brazilian poet's lifetime work. Along with previously translated poems are many others in English for the first time. The remarkable group of poets and translators includes Elizabeth Bishop, Alastair Reid, Galway Kinnell, Louis Simpson, and W. S. Merwin.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"João Cabral de Melo Neto is one of Brazil's most acclaimed poets, and this selection of his luminous, often surreal works reveals why. From his early days, Mr. Cabral has written poems that are marked by a captivating use of simple language. Avoiding ceremony and circumstance, they follow centuries-old paths rather than struggle to break new ground. While it is difficult to capture the sensuous flow of the original Portuguese, these translations . . . are remarkably true to the spirit of the originals." —New York Times Book Review

"[Cabral's work] will very likely come to be regarded as Brazil's most original contribution to 20th-century poetics." —Village Voice Literary Supplement

"[A] major poet . . . The poems are subtle and wise, the work of a man who has seen much of the world and who knows humanity."—The Hudson Review

"Cabral de Melo Neto is widely-recognized as Brazil's most significant post-WW II poet. Influential in leading the 'generation of '45' against exaggeration in the use of free verse, Cabral made his nation’s poetry more precise, less sentimental."—Publishers Weekly

From the Publisher
"João Cabral de Melo Neto is one of Brazil's most acclaimed poets, and this selection of his luminous, often surreal works reveals why. From his early days, Mr. Cabral has written poems that are marked by a captivating use of simple language. Avoiding ceremony and circumstance, they follow centuries-old paths rather than struggle to break new ground. While it is difficult to capture the sensuous flow of the original Portuguese, these translations . . . are remarkably true to the spirit of the originals." —New York Times Book Review

"[Cabral's work] will very likely come to be regarded as Brazil's most original contribution to 20th-century poetics." —Village Voice Literary Supplement

"[A] major poet . . . The poems are subtle and wise, the work of a man who has seen much of the world and who knows humanity."—The Hudson Review

"Cabral de Melo Neto is widely-recognized as Brazil's most significant post-WW II poet. Influential in leading the 'generation of '45' against exaggeration in the use of free verse, Cabral made his nation’s poetry more precise, less sentimental."—Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cabral de Melo Neto is widely recognized as Brazil's most significant post-WWII poet. Influential in leading the ``generation of '45'' against exaggeration in the use of free verse, Cabral made his nation's poetry more precise, less sentimental. The early poems make a theatrical effort to let ``visible things speak'' through striking if dispassionate imagery. Later work develops themes of nature and specific if luckless national locales, consistently shying away from protest writing or folklore. Trained as a statistician, Cabral fashioned himself as a sort of technician of poetry, favoring rational forms and dynamic construction. Engineers, architects and surgeons figure prominently in his poems, as do artists like Mondrian and Klee. His anachronistic wish to make poetry ``with ruler and quadrant'' should be viewed in this light, alarming as it is. Cabral's lengthy career has attracted poet-translators such as W.S. Merwin, Galway Kinnell, James Wright, Louis Simpson, Alastair Reid and Elizabeth Bishop, all of whom figure, generally ably, in this volume. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819571854
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Bilingual Portuguese-English ed.
  • Pages: 214
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Translator Djelal Kadir is Dolores K. and Walter Neustadt Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Oklahoma and editor of World Literature Today.
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A lucidity which sees everything,
as if by lamp -- or daylight,
and which, at nightfall, turns on
behind the eyelids the tooth
of a sharp and skinless light,
extreme and serving for nothing;
a light so lucid it fools you
into thinking you can do everything.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Chronology
Pirandello I (1937) 2
Pirandello II (1937) 4
Poetry (1937) 6
Poem (1938) 8
A Man Speaking in the Dark 12
Daily Space 14
Windows 16
Poem 18
Within the Loss of Memory 20
Nocturne 22
The Lesson of Poetry 26
The End of the World 30
The Clouds 32
Psychology of Composition I-VIII 36
I. Landscape of the Capibaribe River 54
The Wind in the Canefield 64
Cemetery in Pernambuco (Our Lady of Light) 68
Cemetery in Pernambuco (St. Lawrence of the Woods) 70
Encounter with a Poet 72
A Knife All Blade 78
The Death and Life of a Severino, I, II, XIV 84
The Woman and the House 100
Imitation of Water 104
Someone Else's Sugarcane 110
Written with the Body 114
Yes Against Yes 122
Education by Stone 130
The Sea and the Canefield 132
The Canefield and the Sea 134
Weaving the Morning 136
Tale of an Architect 138
Speechless Rivers 140
Culling Beans 142
The Emptiness of Man 144
The Drafted Vulture 146
The Man from Up-Country Talking 148
Two of the Festivals of Death 150
The Insomnia of Monsieur Teste 154
The Unconfessing Artist 156
Berceo's Catechism 158
Exception: Bernanos, Who Called Himself a Dining-Room Writer 160
The Lesson of Painting 162
Autograph 164
In Honor of Paul Klee 168
Apocryphal Doubts of Marianne Moore 170
Renewed Homage to Marianne Moore 172
To W. H. Auden 174
The Last Poem 176
On Elizabeth Bishop 178
The Water of Sand 180
The Hammock, or What Seville Does Not Know 182
Crime in Calle Relator 186
Walking Seville 192
Black Sun 194
Two Castilians in Seville 196
Bibliography of Works by Joao Cabral de Melo Neto 199
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