“The Pedagogy of Steel” by Brazilian Poet Pedro Tierra

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Memorial of Massacre of Eldorado dos Carajas - 17 April 1996

Memorial of Massacre of Eldorado dos Carajás – Pará – Brazil
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My Poetry Corner February 2016 features the poem “The Pedagogy of Steel” (A Pedagogia dos Aços) by Brazilian poet Pedro Tierra, pen name of Hamilton Pereira da Silva, a politician and Secretary of Culture in the Federal District.

Born in 1948 in Porto Nacional (Tocantins), Pedro Tierra abandoned his studies to join the resistance movement to overthrow the military dictatorship (1964-1985). In 1972, he was arrested and tortured for his subversive activities. During the five years he spent in prison, he lost several of his companions.

To survive and maintain his sanity, he began writing poetry. Adapting a Spanish pen name deterred exposure. He smuggled his poems to friends outside the prison, keeping them informed of life in captivity.

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  • needybad4u  On February 2, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Brazilian Poet, Pedro Tierra’s poem: “The Pedagogy of Steel” is more about the unfathomable gorge of our own struggles for survival in a raw, unkempt world with a constellation of human atrocities. We cannot turn our backs. We see the same in our faces. The beaming light of awareness is to keep us from slumber. TFS,Rosaliene. And for Cyril on Guyanese Online.

    ~ Leonard Dabydeen

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