Happy Holidays! It’s time for a holiday break. This will be my last blog entry until January 16, 2019. Best to all of you.
Forbidden Words, a collection by Eugénio De Andrade and translated by Alexis Levitin, is the work of a superb contemporary poet.
As noted in the publication, Andrade was born in 1923 a small village in Portugal, publishing his first poem when he was just 16-years-old. He went on to win a number of literary awards, including his nation’s most prestigious award, the Camoes Prize, in 2000.
Here a short, beautiful poem from the collection, “Fao Nocturne”:
Word by word,
to the highest boughs
the ecstasy of day.
Forbidden Words, selected poetry of Eugénio De Andrade, translated by Alexis Levitin, New Directions Paperbook.