corners of hell

Image: Lucio Fontana
Whatsapp
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Telegram

By WILSON DO NASCIMENTO BARBOSA*

Presentation of the book of poems by Yuri Martins-Fontes

Manuel Bandeira once said that there are poets who make poetry the art of inversion. Someone else stated that poetry, as content, has two possible methods: getting to know the world through dreams; or know the dream, through the world.

Yuri Martins-Fontes undoubtedly belongs to the latter methodology. He follows the clues that reality gives him, to situate, with short verses in which he is expert, the somnambulistic state of the soul. As for Manuel Bandeira's observation, he would certainly say of Yuri that, behind the careful release of his verses, hides the actual place – the world – in which he wants to realize his most hidden dreams.

So you have a poet who, like a good poet, knows how to disguise what he does. He embraces the reality that prevents the realization of his dreams:

I want the sweaty body
In the morning of my bed
I want the day you forget
I want the night you love.

Therefore, wanting what he has allows the poet to be self-sufficient and disguise that he wants nothing more than what he (he denies) has. In a way, a return – with the form updated – to Camões’ hermeticism: in the return to the ancients of the poets of the period, characters act not for motu proprio, but through the interference of gods or demigods, as in Iliad ou na Odyssey; Camões developed his own technique in this. De-emotionalization of acts, narrated in poetry.

So the double subject of these Chants of Hell: one who narrates what he chooses; the other, behind, who hides and disagrees, without giving himself in writing. This duplicity – perhaps the divided I – makes some of his verses open to different understandings.

It is we, all the others, who admire this search, this false escape into the past, in the ordinary of life and in the heat.

To read Yuri is, therefore, to unnavigate his boat of anti-dreams. May we do so, in the anguish and in the light moment of these alternating poems that this reading offers us.

*Wilson do Nascimento Barbosa is a poet and professor of history at the University of São Paulo (USP). He is the author, among other books, of Black culture and domination (unisinos).

 

Reference


Yuri Martins-Fontes. corners of hell. São Paulo, Patuá, 2021.

 

See this link for all articles

10 MOST READ IN THE LAST 7 DAYS

______________
  • About artificial ignoranceEugenio Bucci 15/06/2024 By EUGÊNIO BUCCI: Today, ignorance is not an uninhabited house, devoid of ideas, but a building full of disjointed nonsense, a goo of heavy density that occupies every space
  • The society of dead historyclassroom similar to the one in usp history 16/06/2024 By ANTONIO SIMPLICIO DE ALMEIDA NETO: The subject of history was inserted into a generic area called Applied Human and Social Sciences and, finally, disappeared into the curricular drain
  • Franz Kafka, libertarian spiritFranz Kafka, libertarian spirit 13/06/2024 By MICHAEL LÖWY: Notes on the occasion of the centenary of the death of the Czech writer
  • A look at the 2024 federal strikelula haddad 20/06/2024 By IAEL DE SOUZA: A few months into government, Lula's electoral fraud was proven, accompanied by his “faithful henchman”, the Minister of Finance, Fernando Haddad
  • Letter to the presidentSquid 59mk,g 18/06/2024 By FRANCISCO ALVES, JOÃO DOS REIS SILVA JÚNIOR & VALDEMAR SGUISSARDI: “We completely agree with Your Excellency. when he states and reaffirms that 'Education is an investment, not an expense'”
  • PEC-65: independence or patrimonialism in the Central Bank?Campos Neto Trojan Horse 17/06/2024 By PEDRO PAULO ZAHLUTH BASTOS: What Roberto Campos Neto proposes is the constitutional amendment of free lunch for the future elite of the Central Bank
  • Chico Buarque, 80 years oldchico 19/06/2024 By ROGÉRIO RUFINO DE OLIVEIRA: The class struggle, universal, is particularized in the refinement of constructive intention, in the tone of proletarian proparoxytones
  • Why are we on strike?statue 50g 20/06/2024 By SERGIO STOCO: We have reached a situation of shortage of federal educational institutions
  • The melancholic end of Estadãoabandoned cars 17/06/2024 By JULIAN RODRIGUES: Bad news: the almost sesquicentennial daily newspaper in São Paulo (and the best Brazilian newspaper) is rapidly declining
  • The strike at federal Universities and Institutescorridor glazing 01/06/2024 By ROBERTO LEHER: The government disconnects from its effective social base by removing those who fought against Jair Bolsonaro from the political table

AUTHORS

TOPICS

NEW PUBLICATIONS