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Culture: The landless woman


Charles Trocate


The struggles' constellations

The open hands of a woman
Ask for a sign of life
Challenge the gravity of the cruel
Give a name to the son
And to beauty

The eyes as lively

As a woman's handicraft…
Cast light in the banners
Hunting for a land that's home
Amidst the foretold griefs
And the first plough

The fair feet of a woman
Lead to the depth of the grave
Corrode the electric wire of torture
Generate love and hope,
Hands stroking the flower
And the poem of struggle.


November 2002

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Anthology of poems
A first-hand selection, unpublished in Brazil and elsewhere. A militant poetics; the social and political importance of the poet-singer (cantador), the construction of a canon of exclusion; the landless woman; the theme of death as life's horizon; the pedagogic project.
Else R P Vieira

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