October 14, 2022

Carlos Ávila (Brazil) 1955

Carlos Ávila (Brazil)



Born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais in 1955, Carlos Ávila is a poet and journalist. He edited and participated in several avant-garde journals. He is the son of the noted Brazilian poets Afonso Ávila and Laís Correa do Araujo, both linked to the concretism movement of Brazil.

     Ávila’s poetry publications include the books Acqui & Agora (1981), Sinal de Menos (1989), Asperos (1990), and Bissexto Sentido of 1999. He continues also to publish essays in journals and newspapers in Brazil and abroad. From 1995-1999 Ávila edited the Suplemmento Literário de Minas Gerais, a monthly newspaper of poetry.




Acqui & Agora (1981); Sinal de Menos (1989); Asperos (1990); Bissexto Sentido (São Paulo: Editora Perspectiva, 1999; Publicou também um livro de ensaios - Poesia Pensada (RJ, 7Letras, 2004); e Obstáculos (BH, Memória Gráfica, 2004)



Baudelaire Answer


The sun

(awaiting an adjective;


bleached the cover

of a volume of baudelaire


the flowers of evil

(I discover)

cannot resist the sun's

slow violence

(sun of the backlands' mouth

That blasts the land dry?)



who had

the shelf

put there:

what would baudelaire

(in graphic effigy)

be doing in the backlands?


if the flowers of evil

can't stand the sun

(answers baudelaire)

How could they resist the thrusts

Of salt and rust?


Translated from the Portuguese by Regina Alfarano


(previously unpublished)




Narcissus Poeticus


dried up


(in a waterless



ill planted

in a (tiny)

waste land

of the dim apartment:

how to resist

dust dirt pollution?


mistreated ex-narcissus

abandoned to its fate

(flat on the floor)

without well

or mirror


dried up

(alone in the vase)

without sweat or saliva

or tears

to save it




on its soul)


Translated from the Portuguese by Regina Alfarano


(previously unpublished)



Poems copyright ©2003 by Carlos Ávila. English language translation copyright ©2003 by Regina Alfarano.

Reprinted from The PIP Anthology of World Poetry of the 20th Century, Volume 3: Nothing the Sun Could Not Explain—20 Contemporary Brazilian Poets (Los Angeles: Green Integer, 2003).

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