Education by Stone : Selected Poems
Joao Cabral de Melo NetoISBN: 0974968013;
Book Description "Joao Cabral de Melo Neto is one of Brazil's most acclaimed poets . . . From his early days, Mr. Cabral has written poems that are marked by a captivating use of simple language."- New York Times Book Review Disdaining personal revelation and sentimental vision, the poems of Joao Cabral de Melo Neto (1920-1999) present squalor, desperation and injustice without comment or obvious compassion. Other poems pay homage to such subjects as chewing gum and aspirin. What interests Cabral, as he remarked in his acceptance speech for the 1992 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, is "the exploration of the materiality of words," the "rigorous construction of . . . lucid objects of language." His poetry, hard as stone and lightas air, is like no other.
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