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    On the road, but not! Danik 2016's Avatar
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    RIP Ferreira Gullar

    Maybe the greatest contemporanean Brazilian poet, journalist and art critic Ferreira Gullar, aged 86, died today of pneumonia.

    Two translated poems (not his best):


    Even as you once were open to happiness

    open up now to suffering

    its fruit

    and ardent counterpart.

    Even as

    you went to the heart

    of happiness

    lost yourself in it

    and in that loss
    found yourself

    now let sorrow do its work

    without lies

    without excuses

    evaporating in your flesh

    every illusion

    for life only consumes

    what sustains it.


    In a house in Ipanema surrounded by trees and birds

    in the hot shade of afternoon

    among familiar furniture

    in the hot shade of afternoon

    among trees and birds

    among familiar odours

    they live their lives

    they live my life

    in the shade of a hot afternoon

    in the shadow of a hot afternoon "
    Last edited by Danik 2016; 12-04-2016 at 11:08 AM.
    "You can always find something better than death."
    Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, The Bremen Town Musicians

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    His Neo-Concrete perspective sounds interesting is moving away from "mathematical purity in art and embrace phenomenology" according to the Wikipedia article.

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