Education by Stone: Selected Poems (Bilingual Edition)

Education by Stone: Selected Poems (Bilingual Edition)

João Cabral de Melo Neto, Richard Zenith


think making poems the way in which an architect designs structures or an engineer builds bridges. Such was once the ambition of João Cabral de Melo Neto. even though an excellent admirer of the thing-rich poetries of Francis Ponge and of Marianne Moore, what him much more, as he remarked in his reputation speech for the 1992 Neustadt foreign Prize for Literature, was once "the exploration of the materiality of words," the "rigorous building of (. . .) lucid gadgets of language." His poetry, tough as stone and light-weight as air, is like no different.

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