University of Hawai'i Press
  • Four Poems
  • Translations by the author

(to carlos drummond de andrade)

The insect digs, digs, digs,áverse-lineoro, on the only patch of dirt. Blockedin continuous matter. Its digging is constantand paced: every five minutes for love,every hour for hunger, in shifts in the fogof war, on the verge of another war. It's important thatwhile seeking the truth, someone hands us the dark orchidwith luminous eyes, digging ahead.

(to ana cristina cÉsar)

You recommend caution, rightfully.Discreet in the flow, indiscreet against it, askingfor the non-character in some manifesto. Sorryfor dragging you to the square in the middle of an illicit night.Foolish, lacking the sense to skip the puddle, blocked,with bare hands, I try to walk to the right of the angelwho registers. To see if she'll tell me (at least) one secret.

(to ferreira gullar)

Bananeiras, bananeiras. The flames can die outinside a body. We are notthirty-three in May at four o'clock.Two red stains are now two redstains, no wild spotson the yellow wall of a green cell. No darkness to define streaks of light. No signs of fight on the skinstill floating on the sea. [End Page 169]

(to bruno tolentino)

While in a taxi you told meto translate the tower by Yeats to learn the language,I looked away. Y is M for me. In those long hours,discussing your eternity in that stagnant boat,the monster moving there was really M,but M as an image. And that you loved hermadly it's clear. As for Y, he pressured meto come live with him, demystified in the tower. [End Page 170]

Flávia Rocha

Flávia Rocha was born in 1979. She has published three books of poetry: A casa azul ao meio-dia [The blue house at noon] (2005), Quartos habitaveis [Habitable rooms] (2011), and Um país [One country] (2015). She has contributed to a number of Brazilian magazines, including Casa Vogue, República, and Bravo! and for thirteen years was an editor of Rattapallax magazine. With her husband, she cofounded the Academia Internacional de Cinema, a film school in São Paulo. She coauthored the script for the feature film Birds of Neptune, which won an award as best dramatic feature at the 2015 Arizona International Film Festival.

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