Salgado Maranhão, one of Brazil's leading contemporary poets, will read from his most recent collection, "Sol Sangüíneo (Blood of the Sun)," on Thursday, Oct. 4.
In addition to eight books of poetry, including "The Snake's Fists" and the recent "Tiger's Fur," Maranhão has written song lyrics and made recordings with Brazil's leading jazz and pop musicians.
Maranhão's white father was descended from a wealthy family whose plantations had been worked by slaves. His mother was a black field worker, who sang to him from her folk tradition. Because "The Mansion" and "The Shanty" flow together in his veins, questions of race and history, says Maranhão, permeate several of the poems in his latest collection.
Maranhão's visit is sponsored by Geneseo's anthropology, English, languages and literatures, and history departments and the college's Africana/Black Studies Program, the Center for Community and Office of International Programs.
Alexis Levitin, SUNY Distinguished Professor from Plattsburg, will translate.
• The performance is Thursday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. in the Knight Spot. Admission is free.