Salgado Maranhao, translated by Alexis Levitin
These poems are from the upcoming book, Beneath the Gaze of Will Barnet, by Salgado Maranhao, translated by Alexis Levitin.
The poems "Peter Grimes," "Ariadne ll," and "Emily Dickinson" were previously published by Per Contra.
Salgado Maranhao, winner of all of Brazil's major poetry awards, has toured the United States five times, presenting his work at over one hundred colleges and universities. In addition to fourteen books of poetry, he has written song lyrics and made recordings with some of Brazil’s leading jazz and pop musicians. He has published three collections of his work in English: Blood of the Sun (Milkweed Editions, 2012), Tiger Fur (White Pine Press, 2015), and Palavora (Dialogos Books, 2019). A fourth collection, Mapping the Tribe, will be published in 2020. On Nov. 13, 2017, Salgado received an honoris causa doctorate for his cultural achievements from the Federal University of Piaui in Teresina, Brazil.
Alexis Levitin has published forty-five books in translation, mostly poetry from Portugal, Brazil, and Ecuador. In addition to three books by Salgado Maranhão, his work includes Clarice Lispector’s Soulstorm and Eugénio de Andrade’s Forbidden Words, both from New Directions. He has served as a Fulbright Lecturer at the Universities of Oporto and Coimbra, Portugal, The Catholic University in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and the Federal University of Santa Catarina, in Brazil and has held translation residencies at Banff, Canada, Straelen, Germany (twice), and the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center in Bellagio, Italy.
All artwork ©Will Barnet Foundation, courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York.
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