I hope you will enjoy this evocative poem by Manuel Bandeira. Across the world voices rise in song but are lost in the cacophony of language and time. It is a privilege to make some voices accessible to those who may not have had the opportunity to experience their voices in English.
I am not a professional translator, rather a mere dilettante, enamored of the written word and the third, kaleidoscopic dimension, which hides behind the page.
Rather than present an author at the end of his life, I prefer to show the young artist at the beginning of his creative life than at its peak. Often there is fire in the belly and passion in the eyes that time may temper.
Bandeira was born in Recife, Brazil in 1886. Early in his life he struggled with tuberculosis and moved to Rio for the climate. He died at 88 in Rio, Oct 13, 1968.