May 1, 2023

Arnaldo Antunes (Brazil) 1960

Arnaldo Antunes (Brazil)

Born in São Paulo in 1960, Arnaldo Antunes attended the University of São Paulo, but did not complete his degree. He edited several poetry magazines: Almanak 80 (1980), Kataloki (1981), and Atlas (1988). Among his published books are Ou E, a bookd of visual poems (1983), Psia (1986), Tudos (1990) and As Cosias (1992). Almost all of his books have gone through several editions.
     Also a musician and visual artist, Antunes participated in several exhibitions of visual poetry both in Brazil and abroad during the period from 1983 to 1994. He put together the rock group Titãs with which he released several albums between 1982 and 1992. In 1993, Nome (in video, book form, and CD) was released. This work is a multimedia project including poetry, music and computer animation in partnership with Celia Catunda, Kiko Mistrorigo and Zaba Moreau. It was exhibited at shows and festivals worldwide and received honors at the First Annual New York Video Festival. As a musician, Antunes has released a number of recordings in recent years. In 1999 he wrote a sound track for the dance company O Corpo. And in 2000, Antunes published a book about pop music and poetry titled Quenta Escritos (São Paulo: Iluminuras).
     In the past several years, working as a solo musician, his songs have been used in many film scores, including Wayne Wang and Paul Auster's Blue in the Face.


Ou E (1983); Psia (São Paulo: Iluminuras, 1986); Tudos (São Paulo: Iluminuras, 1990); As Coisas (São Paulo: Iluminuras, 1992); Nome (with Celia Catunda, Kiko Mistrorigo, and Zaba Moreau) (São Paulo: BMG Ariola Discos, 1993);  2 ou mais corpos no mesmo espaço (São Paulo: Editorial Perspectiva, 1997); Doble Duplo (2000); 40 Escritos (2000); Outro (2001); Palavra Desordem (2002); ET Eu Tu (2003); Antologia (2006); Como E que Chama o Nome Disso (2006)


Nome [no translator listed] (São Paulo: Arnaldo Antunes and Zaba Moreau, 1993); selected poems in The PIP Anthology of 20th Century Poetry; Nothing the Sun Could Not Explain--20 Contemporary Brazilian Poets. ed. by Regis Bonvicino, Michael Palmer and Nelson Ascher; revised by Douglas Messerli.

For a link to Antunes' "On the Origin of Poetry" and other links to poems and recordings, go here:

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