Luca Argel

"Ficção" (2012)

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ONE HOUR TILL THE SPEAKERS STOP WORKING

i met you in the bathroom of the snackbar
singing loudly an old famous tune
it wasn't black and blue yet your hair
it wasn't black and blue yet your voice

i met you at a chicken auction
sneaking away from your graveyard shift
it wasn't black and blue yet your name
it wasn't black and blue yet your hand

i met you in the largest county in area of this country
stealing a canoe
they weren't black and blue yet your pictures
it wasn't black and blue yet your tongue

i met you riding a bike
on the first morning of a war
they weren't black and blue yet your friends and your body
wasn't black and blue yet

Luca Argel, translated by Johanna Hoffman & Letícia Catete.

Luca Argel is a Brazilian poet, musician and visual artist, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1988. The poet studied (and now teaches) Music, and started working with video in 2011, exploring its possibilities for contemporary poetry practices. His first textual poems were published in 2012, on magazines and newspapers such as "Modo de Usar & Co." (Brazil), "Gratuita" (Portugal) and "O Globo", one of Rio´s major newspapers, featured on a monthly page dedicated to contemporary Brazilian poetry and poetry in translation, curated by Carlito Azevedo (Rio de Janeiro, 1961), one of the most important contemporary Brazilian poets and editors. Luca Argel´s poems have been translated into English by Johanna Hoffman and Letícia Catete, as the one published here, and into Spanish by Argentinian poet Aníbal Cristobo (Buenos Aires, 1971). He has read in festivals such as Artes Vertentes, in Tiradentes (BR), and had poems published in a catalogue of important Lithuanian photographer Antanas Sutkus (Kluoniškiai, 1939). His first collection of poems is titled "esqueci de fixar o grafite" (Rio de Janeiro: 7Letras, 2012). Luca Argel lives and works in Portugal.

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