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VANIA QUEIROZ
ELISANGELA
MARTINS, known as
ELI MACUXI, is a
Brazilian poet and
teacher. She
teaches History and
Art Criticism in the
Visual Arts Course at
the Federal
University of
Roraima in North
Brazil.

Her first poetry
collection,
Amor
Para Quem Odeia
(2013), portrays
love in its various
forms of human
experience.

She is a frequent
participant of
Coletivo Caimbé, an
association founded
in 2009, with
headquarters in Boa
Vista, capital of
Roraima, to
promote citizenship
through literature
and the visual arts.
Poetry and art are fundamental in [the empowerment of
women] because through them we have a voice and
guarantee space to assert ourselves as people with rights and
deserving of respect. In such violent times, to highlight art
against misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and all other
prejudices and violent ways in which society has treated
[women] means to wield powerful weapons in our fight for
human rights.
~ Eli Macuxi during presentation on “Feminism is Necessary” at the Space
for Culture & Art, Federal University of Roraima, June 18, 2016.

I have often heard and asked myself: what’s the value of
poetry? I once wrote in my journal, 1988: "I love literature,
to study the language with which poets wrote without
expecting their words to be read and studied by others…
Could the poems I write one day be studied the way I study
Florbela Espanca today? HAHAHA, how silly!"

But today I see my poetry figure in postgraduate studies and
the completion of literary courses (which I frustratingly
did not do)... I was lucky and did not count on this. I admit,
not without a reprehensible sense of pride: my desire to one
day see my writing studied was not silly.
~ Eli Macuxi, from her blog post in November 29, 2015.  
[Translation by Rosaliene Bacchus]

I wish I had the courage
and power
to overcome alone
my simple problem
of those who cannot read.
I wish I had the courage
and even more power
to shelter children devastated
by bombs
and by fathers and mothers disappeared
in police barricades.
I wish I had a word of comfort
but education, love, care, courage,
hope, faith, tenderness, time
genuine interest, kindness, compassion
are just words
when the whole world all around says no
and sinks into darkness
in a miserable chaos.

In silence, I disappear
for a deep and guilty sleep
under the bedsheet freshly washed
and listening to the rain fall from the sky.


Tristeza não tem fim...

Quisera eu ter coragem
e poder
para superar sozinha
meu problema comezinho
dos que não sabem ler.
Quisera ter coragem
e poder ainda mais
para abrigar às crianças destroçadas
por bombas
e por pais e mães desaparecidos
nas barricadas policiais.
Quisera eu ter uma palavra de conforto
mas ensino, amor, cuidado, alento,
esperança, fé, ternura, tempo
interesse genuíno, gentileza, compaixão
são só palavras
quando o mundo todo ao redor diz não
e se afunda em trevas
num caos miserável.

Em silêncio, me esvaio
para um sono profundo e culpado
sob o lençol cheirando a lavado
e ouvindo a chuva cair lá do céu.


SOURCE: Elimacuxi Blogspot, July 11, 2014.

Sadness has no end...
Tristeza não tem fim...
by Eli Macuxi
Translation by Rosaliene Bacchus
STATE OF RORAIMA
NORTH BRAZIL
PORTUGUESE WITH
ENGLISH SUBTITLES
FILM BY GOVERNMENT
OF RORAIMA - BRAZIL
2011
DURATION: 9:10 MINUTES
most northern and
least populated
state, located in the
Amazon region. It
borders the states
of Amazonas and
Pará, as well as the
countries of Guyana
and Venezuela. The
capital city is BOA
VISTA.

The state's population
of approximately
450,000 (2010) is
comprised of multiracial
people (68.8%), whites
(20%), blacks (7.4%),
and Amerindians
(3.8%).

The Brazilian Indian
Agency (FUNAI)
estimates Roraima's
indigenous
population at
30,715 (2015). The
largest group, the
MACUXI, live in the
borderlands of
northern Roraima,
southern Guyana,
and an eastern
region of Venezuela.
Brazilian Poet Elimacuxi
White supremacists in Charlottesville Virginia August 2017