Salgado Maranhão Blood of the Sun: Poems

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Blood of the Sun: Poems

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In poems brilliantly textured and layered, Salgado Maranhão integrates socio-political thought with subjects abstractly metaphysical. Concrete collides with conceptual butcher shops, sex, and machine guns in conversation with language, absence, and time resulting in a collection varied as well as unified, an aesthetic at once traditional and postmodern. Writing in forms both fixed and free, Maranhão’s language suggests a jazz-like musicality that rings true in Alexis Levitin’s masterful translations. For readers who enjoy the complexity of Charles Simic, or the stylistically innovative syntax of César Vallejo, Maranhão’s Blood of the Sun is a sensually provocative amalgamation of both.

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Of Lightning

Even the bitter taste of grapes
does not appease us. Nor does rain

upon our burning eyes
return to us what we have lived.

The magma that consumes us
banishes our sketch of hours

beneath a bolt of lightning in suspense.
Not even what is ours belongs to us.
Salgado Maranhão is the author of nine collections of poems. His recent volume of new and selected poems, entitled A Cor da Palavra (The Color of the Word), was named the best book of poetry by the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2011. Sol Sangüíneo (Blood of the Sun) is Maranhão’s first book to appear in English translation.

Alexis Levitin has translated thirty-one books of poetry, including Clarice Lispector’s Soulstorm and Eugénio de Andrade’s Forbidden Words. He is a Distinguished Professor at SUNY-Plattsburgh.
|Pairing one of the most celebrated poets in Brazil today with the premier American translator of Portuguese-language literature, Blood of the Sun offers a richly multicultural and highly musical experience.

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Brazil’s northeast is a dry and ancient land. Little visited, it has come to be known outside the country for producing some of its best writing. In Blood of the Sun, Alexis Levitin has given us a perfect English rendering of Salgado Maranhão’s deft expression of the tonality of this people and land.”
Gregory Rabassa

Alexis Levitin’s translation of the Afro-Brazilian poet Salgado Maranhão’s Blood of the Sun succeeds in negotiating the quirky experimental richness of Maranhão’s Pre-Columbian, Amazonian, and Yoruba influences with his traditional rhymed lyrics and jazzlike syncopations. We journey to Brazil’s agricultural northeast and out of the expected ballyhoo of Carnival into the desolate shelter?/?of the flat?/?lands’ and beneath the gaze of exhausted time.’ We see the ritual jewels of Lilian Reyes O.?/?reign in the entrails?/?of vibrant trance.’ Levitin skillfully alerts us to the presence of a complex and offbeat poet whose work merits a wide audience.”
Colette Inez

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Pairing one of the most celebrated poets in Brazil today with the premier American translator of Portuguese-language literature, Blood of the Sun offers a richly multicultural and highly musical experience.

Praise for Blood of the Sun

?Brazil’s northeast is a dry and ancient land. Little visited, it has come to be known outside the country for producing some of its best writing. In Blood of the Sun, Alexis Levitin has given us a perfect English rendering of Salgado Maranhão’s deft expression of the tonality of this people and land.”
?Gregory Rabassa

?Alexis Levitin’s translation of the Afro-Brazilian poet Salgado Maranhão’s Blood of the Sun succeeds in negotiating the quirky experimental richness of Maranhão’s Pre-Columbian, Amazonian, and Yoruba influences with his traditional rhymed lyrics and jazzlike syncopations. We journey to Brazil’s agricultural northeast and out of the expected ballyhoo of Carnival into ?the desolate shelter?/?of the flat?/?lands’ and ?beneath the gaze of exhausted time.’ We see ?the ritual jewels of Lilian Reyes O.?/?reign in the entrails?/?of vibrant trance.’ Levitin skillfully alerts us to the presence of a complex and offbeat poet whose work merits a wide audience.”
?Colette Inez

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