Leading Brazilian Poet to Read from Most Recent Collection

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Salgado Maranhão, one of Brazil's leading contemporary poets, will read at SUNY Geneseo from his most recent collection, Sol Sangüíneo (Blood of the Sun) Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. in the Knight Spot on campus. Alexis Levitin, SUNY Distinguished Professor from Plattsburg, will be translating.The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to eight books of poetry, including "The Snake's Fists," "The Kiss of the Beast" and the recent "Tiger's Fur," Maranhão has written song lyrics and made recordings with some of Brazil's leading jazz and pop musicians.

Maranhão ‘s white father was descended from a wealthy family whose plantations had been worked by slaves in the past. 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.

One of Brazil's leading critics, Antonio Carlos Secchin, writes: "With a deeply-rooted personal diction, Salgado Maranhão, in "Blood of the Sun" has reached the high point of his work (so far), in this cohesive collection of poems in which a speculative intelligence and a celebration of the corporality of the world are expressed with great metaphoric vigor."

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, the Office of International Programs, and Campus Auxiliary Services.

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