Uma cidade! Um grão
de areia! Fragmentos
da Via Láctea
A city! A grain
of sand! Fragments
of the Milky Way
do deserto — um rato!
Canta? Eu também
the desert — a mouse!
It sings? Me too.
As formas no sonho —
a rosa e a serpente
The forms in my dream —
the rose and the snake,
they are similar
Lágrimas salgadas —
o mar permanece nos olhos
desde o princípio
Salty tears —
the sea remains in our eyes
since the beginning
eu saiba um pouco mais —
depois da minha morte
I will know a little more —
after my death
de Brito was born in Algarve, Portugal, in 1938. His cultural activity began in
1953 and includes contributions to newspapers, poetry readings, poetic works,
fiction, essays, diaries and translations.
His activity has also involved
countless lectures and colloquia at schools, factories, cultural associations
and universities at home and abroad, included rather frequent attendance at conferences
and poetry festivals all around the world.
He has edited several literary
magazines: Cadernos do Meio-Dia (1956-1959), Outubro/Fevereiro/Novembro
(1970-1972), Loreto 13 (organ of the Portuguese Writers Association),
Columba (Portuguese and Brasilian magazine of poetry).
He is president of the Portuguese
P.E.N. and director of three poetry festivals: in Lisbon, at Porto Santo (Madeira)
and at Faro (Algarve). He was President of the Association Européenne pour
la Diffusion de la Poésie. He is an advisor of the World Haiku Association.
He is the author of 39 titles of poetry, fiction, aphorisms and essays and his
works have been included in more than one hundred anthologies and translated into
19 languages. Several prizes for his work, including some international prizes,
the last of them (2002) the first "Poetry International Prize Leopold Sedar
MAIN POETIC WORKS
Portuguese Writers Association Award; Ode & Ceia, 1985 (includes
his production from 1955 to 1984; Versilia/Itália award for the best book
of "Collected poems"); Ni Maître ni Serviteur, 1986;
Subitamente o Silêncio, 1991; Intensidades, 1995; Opus
Affettuoso, 1997 (P.E.N. Poetry Award); Pouco de Pouco, 1999 and
the selected poems O Amor, a Morte e Outros Vícios, 1999; Na
Via do Mestre, an answer to the Tao te-King, 2000; Arte Pobre (collecting
a few books), À sombra de Bashô (a renku with Matsuo Bashô),
2000; the book of aphorisms, Da Frágil Sabedoria, 2000; Na
Barca do Coração, his diary of the year 2000 ; Animal Volátil,