Tuesday, November 20, 2012

News at Eleven: A group of well-meaning but misguided cariocas

have recently started a petition to turn the statue around, so that the poet can forever gaze at the sea--a cliched gesture that [Carlos ] Drummond [de Andrade] would surely have detested. His famous line about Rio, "There was a city written into the sea", is carved on the bench that supports the seated effigy, but it was the inner vistas that interested him most. He was a poet of human solitude: "What now, José/The party is over,/the light is out,/the people have left,/the night is cold,/what now, José?"

from The Guardian: What now for Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Brazil's national poet?


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