May 22, 2015
Décio Pignatari [Brazil]
Born in Jundiai, Brazil on August 20, 1927, Brazilian poet, essayist, and translator Décio Pignatari began experimenting with poetic language, incorporating visual elements and the fragmentation of words in the 1950s. Along with the brothers Augusto and Haroldo de Campos, Pignatri’s work culminated in the Concretist movement, which together they titled Noigandres (from Ezra Pound’s Canto XX). resulting in the journals Pignatari edited, Noigandres & Invenção, along with their Teoria da Poesia Concreta (Theory of Concrete Poetry) of 1965 (reprinted in 1975).
Pignatari also translated the works of Marshall McLuhan, and the essay “Information, Language and Communication” of 1968.
His own major work was Poesia Pois é Poesia (Poetry because it’s Poetry, 1977). Among his poetry, Pignatari published a volume of tales The Face of Memory (1988) and a fiction, Panteros (1992), as well as a work for theater, Céu de Lona (Sailcloth Sky). He translated works by Dante Aligheri, Goethe, and Shakespeare, which he gathered in volumes such as Portrain of Love When Young (1990) and in 231 poems.
The writer died in São Paulo of respiratory problems on December 2, 2012.
BOOKS OF POETRY
O carrossel: poems (São Paulo, 1950); Poesia pois é poesia, 1950-1975 (São Paulo: Livraria Duas Cidades, 1977); Poesia pois é poesia, 1950-1975: Poetc, 1976-1986 (1986); Leetras, artes, mídia (São Paulo: Editora Globo, 1995); Panteros (Rio de Janeiro: Editora 34, 1992) Errâcias (São Paulo: SENAC, 1999); Céu de Lona (Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil: Travessa dos Editores, 2003); Poesia pois é poesia: 1950-2000 (Cotia: Ateliê Editorial, 2004); Bili com limão verde na mão (São Paulo: Cosac Naify, 2008)
Pignatari (center) with Augusto and Haroldo de Campos)