“The Clock” – Poem by João Cabral de Melo Neto – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Thanks Rosaliene for making us aware of the Brazilian Poet, João Cabral de Melo Neto.

Three Worlds One Vision

Wall Clock with BirdsPhoto Credit: Amor a Arte (elo7.com.br)

In my Poetry Corner January 2014, I feature the poem “O Relógio” (The Clock) numbered among the top ten favorite poems by the Brazilian poet João Cabral de Melo Neto (1920-1999). I thought the theme of the poem appropriate to begin the New Year.

João Cabral visualizes the clock as a birdcage and time, the birdsong: a song of such continuity.

According to Geneton Moraes Neto, who interviewed the poet in 1986, João Cabral de Melo Neto is, above all, rigorous with what he writes. He uses words with the precision of a doctor during surgery. He despises easy emotions. He doesn’t even want to hear about poets and writers who don’t have “intellectual interest.” And he talks about his own work with a coldness that shocks those who don’t know him.

Excerpts from the interview, regarding João Cabral’s thoughts…

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