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MARIA CRISTINA GAMA DE FIGUEIREDO
Translation by Rosaliene Bacchus
|Wake up & see:
My whole being is a grateful response
to nature that surrounds me.
And because everything is nature,
even the manufactured object,
even the remote control on the table,
all of me is indifferently nature
because everything is a part of life
through touch or through sight
and because it simply is:
so is life, it’s nature.
It’s better to be grateful than ungrateful
even imbued with so much pain
to be less crazy the better to forget the wound.
I can define [Maria Cristina] as a restless soul who
managed to transform her pain into art.
~ WILMA SANTOS, PRODUCER FOR MARIA CRISTINA FOR MORE THAN
12 YEARS. [TRANSLATION BY ROSALIENE BACCHUS.]
Maria Cristina Gama de Figueiredo writes a lot and
writes well. She writes in verse and prose with
elegant, rich vocabulary, and strong content, as
already seen in A Próxima Índia (1998), for example,
a mature book, with language executed with the rigor
of one who has updated speech… [She] has the
stature of great poets, and seeks to think of poetry
with reflection that goes beyond language, to be an
instrument that art brings to the cultural dialog of
peoples. [Her] verse and prose in O Violino Cerebrino
(2004) is a book of the new and good Brazilian
~ LUIZ ANTÔNIO BARRETO (1944-2012) - JOURNALIST, HISTORIAN
AND MEMBER OF THE ACADEMY OF LETTERS OF SERGIPE - INFONET
OCTOBER 2010. [TRANSLATION BY ROSALIENE BACCHUS.]
GAMA DE FIGUEIREDO
- poet, philosoper,
artist, composer, and
lawyer - was born in
Aracaju, capital of the
Northeast Brazil State
Considered one of the
greatest poets of
following books of
~ A Próxima Índia
~ O Peixe Práxia
~ O Anjo Sujo (2004);
~ O Violino Cerebrino
Vol. 1 - Trilogia do
The poet released in
2007 together with
singer Joésia Ramos,
the CD Levante-se
Amor with 15 poems.
For poems and
paintings from O Anjo
Sujo see blogspot of
For poems and
paintings from O
Peixe Práxia see
blogspot of poet.
|MUSIC OF THE
STATE OF SERGIPE
SINGER & COMPOSER
Brazil, is the smallest
state by area in the
country with a
population of over 2
million. The majority
of the people are of
mixed race: black,
The economy is
and cassava (manioc).
São Cristóvão - the
site of the first
settlement in 1591
and the former capital
of the state until 1855
- is Brazil's fourth
Maria Cristina Gama de Figueiredo
Todo meu ser é uma resposta
agradecida à natureza que me cerca.
E porque tudo é natureza,
mesmo o objeto fabricado,
mesmo o controle remoto sobre a mesa,
tudo me é indiferentemente natureza
porque tudo faz parte da vida
pelo manuseio ou pela vista
e porque simplesmente está:
então é vida, é natureza.
E bem agradecida melhor que não agradecer
e mesmo infundida de tanta dor e ser
menos doída quanto mais a ferida esquecer.
Poem from O Peixe Práxis (de uma filosofia de
poesia livre), Sergipe, Brazil, 2000.
*The title of this poem was not stated on the
Facebook page of the poet and artist, where this
poem was posted.
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