By Adélia Prado

This is often the 1st e-book released in English via of the paintings of Brazilian poet Adélia Prado. Incorporating poems released over the last fifteen years, The Alphabet within the Park is a publication of ardour and intelligence, wit and intuition. those are poems approximately human issues, specially these of ladies, approximately dwelling in one’s physique and out of it, concerning the actual but additionally the religious and the resourceful lifestyles. Prado additionally writes approximately traditional concerns; she insists that the human adventure is either mystical and carnal. To Prado those should not contradictory: “It’s the soul that’s erotic,” she writes.

As Ellen Watson says in her advent, “Adélia Prados poetry is a poetry of abundance. those poems overflow with the standard, grand, a variety of stuff of way of life – necklaces, bicycles, fish; saints and prostitutes and presidents; innumerable chickens and musical instruments…And, likely at each flip, there's food.” but additionally, an abundance of darkish issues, melanoma, loss of life, greed. those are poems of urge for food, every kind.

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They perfum e th e night . The pip e o f a littl e bo y who neve r die d pipes on , wanderin g an d sweet . I go abou t my parish dutie s cheerfull y and neve r tir e o f waiting: any da y now, somethin g wonderfu l migh t happen — the five wounds, th e flyin g saucer , th e poe t wit h hi s hors e whinnying a t m y door. I wante d Mam a an d Papa' s blessing , I wanted s o muc h to collec t som e birdcalls , som e corner s o f the afternoon , the balanc e o f all that balance s o n th e wind , and pla y i t o n th e flute .

27 Day The chicken s ope n thei r beak s i n alarm and stop , wit h tha t knac k the y have , immobile—I wa s going t o sa y immoral— wattles an d coxcomb s star k red, only th e arterie s quiverin g i n thei r necks . A woma n startle d b y sex, but delighted . 28 A Man Inhabited a House Death's charm , it s disastrous spell, is du e t o life , because heave n i s to th e wes t of my father's house where resid e all th e riche s o f the worl d and m y soul. There's a corner o f the roo m where I go to ea t secretly , plate i n hand , from whenc e I se e Jerusalem, its sparkling domes, the Ros e of Jericho i n bloom .

I cr y becaus e I' m abou t t o remak e myself an d laug h ou t lou d and as k incorrigibly afte r th e phas e o f the moo n and so w flower seed an d se t ou t vegetables . I cr y becaus e I'v e relapsed int o pleasure like a littl e bo y and, ol d a s I am , thi s i s humiliating. I cr y fo r having browbea t mysel f o n behal f o f happiness , such a proud heart , lackin g naturalness . The Presiden t i s dying: it' s a good cause . I tak e advantag e o f i t an d cr y fo r the Brazilia n people, 3i for th e Souther n Cross , whic h onl y no w I realiz e might no t belon g t o us.

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