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Theology of Worthless Things
Teologia do Traste
by Manoel de Barros
Translation by Rosaliene Bacchus
in collaboration with American Poet,
Angela Consolo Mankiewicz
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INVENTED BIOGRAPHY
AND VERSES OF POET
MANOEL DE BARROS
IN HIS OWN WORDS
AND BY ADMIRERS OF
HIS WORK

NARRATION IN PORTUGUESE
(DURATION: 1:21:17)
Men craving  for
more:
more stuff more
power more junk.
No satisfaction.

HAIKU POEM
ROSALIENE BACCHUS

Things thrown out as junk
are treasures to me.

My favorites are cans.

Cans make poor words but they are concrete,
If you consider a can junk and throw it away,
a beggar, cook, or poet can pick it up and use it.

For that reason, I think cans more satisfying,
for example, than ideas.

Ideas, being objects conceived in the mind
are abstract - throw away an idea as junk
and no one wants to pick it up.

For that reason, I think cans more satisfying.

Someone may pick up a can, fill it with sand and leaves,
and push it through streets as a custom-made sand-truck.

An idea, being an abstract object conceived
by the mind, cannot be filled with sand.

For this reason, I think the can more satisfying.

Ideas are the lights of the mind - we know that.
There are brilliant ideas - we know that too.
But ideas also invented the atomic bomb, atomic
bomb, the bomb.

Today, I would like words to illuminate;
I would like what we call junk to illuminate.
BRAZILIAN POET
(Born 1916)
Manoel de Barros,
born in Cuiabá, Mato
Grosso, is the most
acclaimed contempo-
rary Brazilian poet in
literary circles. He has
received various
literary awards, includ-
ing the most presti-
gious Brazilian literary
award.

His best known work
is
"Livro sobre Nada"
(Book about Nothing),
published in 1996.

His poetry is greatly
influenced by his
years growing up in
Pantanal. (Watch video
about Pantanal on
right bar.
NO SATISFACTION
I am a creator of phrases. What is a verse? It is a phrase, a
rhythmic unit, with the characteristic of being illogial.
Illogicality is very important for the verse.
Manoel de Barros
From a Telephone Interview with André Luís Barros (date unknown)
Translation by Rosaliene Bacchus
Theme Song of
Brazilian Novela
"Pantanal"
by
Marcus Viana
LYRICS IN ENGLISH
PANTANAL - BRAZIL
(DURATION: 10:01 MINUTES)
PANTANAL is a tropical
wetland region with an
enormous variety of
flora and fauna.
Extending over an   
estimated 54,000
square miles - mostly
across Mato Grosso
do Sul and into Mato
Grosso, Bolivia, and
Paraguay - the region
is considered one of
the world's largest
wetlands.

Learn more.

Teologia do Traste
Manoel de Barros  

As coisas jogadas fora por motivo de traste  
são alvo da minha estima.  
Prediletamente latas.  
Latas são pessoas léxicas pobres porém concretas.  
Se você jogar na terra uma lata por motivo de  
traste: mendigos, cozinheiras ou poetas podem pegar.  
Por isso eu acho as latas mais suficientes, por  
exemplo, do que as idéias.  
Porque as idéias, sendo objetos concebidos pelo  
espírito, elas são abstratas.  
E, se você jogar um objeto abstrato na terra por  
motivo de traste, ninguém quer pegar.  
Por isso eu acho as latas mais suficientes.  
A gente pega uma lata, enche de areia e sai  
puxando pelas ruas moda um caminhão de areia.  
E as idéias, por ser um objeto abstrato concebido  
pelo espírito, não dá para encher de areia.  
Por isso eu acho a lata mais suficiente.  
Idéias são a luz do espírito — a gente sabe.  
Há idéias luminosas — a gente sabe.  
Mas elas inventaram a bomba atômica, a bomba  
atômica, a bomba.  
Agora eu queria que os verbos iluminassem.  
Que os trastes iluminassem.

From the Poetry Collection Poemas Rupestres by Manoel de Barros,
published in Brazil, 2004.
SOURCE: Blog
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