Description - Education By Stone by Joao Cabral de Melo Neto
Imagine making poems the way an architect designs buildings or an engineer builds bridges. Such was the ambition of Jo o Cabral de Melo Neto. Though a great admirer of the thing-rich poetries of Francis Ponge and of Marianne Moore, what interested him even more, as he remarked in his acceptance speech for the 1992 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, was ""the exploration of the materiality of words,"" the ""rigorous construction of (. . .) lucid objects of language."" His poetry, hard as stone and light as air, is like no other.
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(190mm x 153mm x mm)
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Author Biography - Joao Cabral de Melo Neto
Jo o Cabral de Melo Neto (1920-1999) was born and raised in northeastern Brazil, whose arid landscape and severe poverty became the setting and subject matter for some of his greatest poems. A career diplomat, he lived for many years in Spain, the other geographical pole around which his poetry flourished. Numerous national and international prizes were awarded to Jo o Cabral, one of the most original poets of the 20th century. Richard Zenith's translations from the Portuguese include works by Ant nio Lobo Antunes and Fernando Pessoa. His Fernando Pessoa & Co.- Selected Poems won the 1999 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, and his new version of Pessoa's The Books of Disquiet (Penguin) was awarded the 2002 Calouste Gulbenkian Translation Prize. Zenith is the author of Terceiras Pessoas and has published his poetry in literary reviews. He lives in Lisbon.