Category Archives: Portuguese

Cesário Verde: Poppies in a Cleavage

At that bourgeois picnic, There was something so simple and beautiful, With neither history nor grandeur, Yet worth a watercolour all the same. When you dismounted the donkey, With no foolish pretensions, you went to gather In a blue chickpea-patterned … Continue reading

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Saudade, Sebastianismo: Portugal

What do Titanic, hobbits, Gandalf and fourth-century Galician heresies have in common: could it be Saudade? Continue reading

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Shadow of Life

Texeira de Pascoes (1877-1952) Shadow of life, speak! Come tell me your eternal secret. O Cosmic shadow shine out. I want to find myself on your intimate, suffering breast. I want to see you and get to know you, O … Continue reading

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Poetry from Mozambique

Mother- José Craveirinha My mother, I swallow the resin from the old trees And it feels good flowing in my veins. It is the destiny of my birth Amongst ballads chanted round a bonfire. You know how the sorrow is … Continue reading

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