from Selected Poetry: 1937-1990 by João Cabral de Melo Neto, edited by Djelal Kadir
“JOÃO CABRAL DE MELO NETO is one of Brazil’s most acclaimed poets, and this selection of his luminous, often surreal works reveals why. From his early days, Mr. Cabral has written poems that are marked by a captivating use of simple language. Avoiding ceremony and circumstance, they follow centuries-old paths rather than struggle to break new ground. While it is difficult to capture the sensuous flow of the original Portuguese, these translations . . . are remarkably true to the spirit of the originals.” —New York Times Book Review
DJELAL KADIR is Dolores K. and Walter Neustadt Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Oklahoma and editor of World Literature Today.