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The Alphabet in the Park

Selected Poems

Adelia Prado

Publication Year: 1990

This is the first book published in English by of the work of Brazilian poet Adelia Prado. Incorporating poems published over the past fifteen years, The Alphabet in the Park is a book of passion and intelligence, wit and instinct. These are poems about human concerns, especially those of women, about living in one's body and out of it, about the physical but also the spiritual and the imaginative life. Prado also writes about ordinary matters; she insists that the human experience is both mystical and carnal. To Prado these are not contradictory: "It's the soul that's erotic," she writes.

As Ellen Watson says in her introduction, "Adelia Prados poetry is a poetry of abundance. These poems overflow with the humble, grand, various stuff of daily life - necklaces, bicycles, fish; saints and prostitutes and presidents; innumerable chickens and musical instruments...And, seemingly at every turn, there is food." But also, an abundance of dark things, cancer, death, greed. These are poems of appetite, all kinds.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

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Introduction

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pp. vii-xiv

Adelia Prado's poetry is a poetry of abundance. These poems overflow with the humble, grand, various stuff of daily life—necklaces, bicycles, fish; saints and prostitutes and presidents; innumerable chickens and musical instruments. There is a lot of the color yellow here, and almost as much mathematics. And, seemingly at every turn, there is food. ...

Baggage: 1976

Dysrhythmia

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p. 3-3

Successive Deaths

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p. 4-4

Vigil

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p. 5-5

With Poetic License

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p. 6-6

Before Names

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p. 7-7

Lesson

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p. 8-8

Guide

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p. 9-9

Head

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p. 10-10

Two Ways

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p. 11-11

Praise for a Color

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p. 12-12

Purple

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p. 13-13

Seductive Sadness Winks at Me

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p. 14-14

Window

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p. 15-15

Heart's Desire

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p. 16-16

The Girl with the Sensitive Nose

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p. 17-17

Seduction

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p. 18-18

At Customs

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p. 19-19

Easter

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p. 20-20

Love Song

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p. 21-21

Serenade

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p. 22-22

The Headlong Heart: 1977

Concerted Effort

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pp. 25-26

Not Even One Line in December

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p. 27-27

Day

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p. 28-28

A Man Inhabited a House

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p. 29-29

Lineage

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p. 30-30

A Good Cause

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pp. 31-32

A Fast One

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p. 33-33

Absence of Poetry

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p. 34-34

Blossoms

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p. 35-35

Young Girl in Bed

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pp. 36-37

The Black Umbrella

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p. 38-38

Passion

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pp. 39-41

Neighborhood

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p. 42-42

Murmur

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p. 43-43

Denouement

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p. 44-44

Land of the Holy Cross 1981

The Alphabet in the Park

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pp. 47-48

Trottoir

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p. 49-49

Pieces for a Stained-Glass Window

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p. 50-50

Land of the Holy Cross

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pp. 51-52

Falsetto

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pp. 53-54

Some Other Names for Poetry

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p. 55-55

Tyrants

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p. 56-56

Love in the Ether

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p. 57-57

Consecration

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pp. 58-59

Legend with the Word Map

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p. 60-60

Professional Mourner

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p. 61-61

Mobiles

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pp. 62-63


E-ISBN-13: 9780819572530
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819521750

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 1990

Edition: Trans. from the Portuguese
Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry in Translation