Marginal Poets of Recife

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“Unequal and chaotic. Fragmented and poetic. That’s the Recife narrated by Zico, Miró and Valmir Jordão, marginal poets who have lent their verses and veins to Diverso this week.

Connected by the word, broken by the city. Spread out on the streets, recited in the alleys and in the silent readings of zines. The three artists have in common the fact that they belong to a cultural movement that emerged in the 1970s & 80s, and which shook up and still makes today’s Recife pulsate, on the street corners, in universities and in bookstores. All of this after inundating spaces such as the Beco da Fome, UFPE’s Student Center and Livraria 7, frequented by artists, students, intellectuals and militants.

In the episode, they speak because they believe in the power that poetry has to save the world, the lives framed in the windows of buses and in the urban occupations; in the singular and in the universal; in consciousness and in madness. “To me, the poet has to say the word that no one ever said. To me, the poet’s function is to say something that makes you go crazy”, reflects Miró, who performs with his body and on the streets the strength of his writing. “My poetry is visceral, street poetry. Everyone understands it. Engineers, shoe shiners, those who are walking by here right now”, he says. During the interview, Miró walks around the city and shows why he’s known for reciting urban figures, rethinking societal life and also what is most ordinary and common in human existence.

Constantly inspired by the chaos of the city and, above all, by women, Zizo speaks about his adoration of comics and about his reclusive methods of writing and creating. Valmir Jordão, who belongs to the same crop of poets but is closer to the city’s union and student movements, creates verses about the dictatorship and how it effected that space and the life that sprung up there, as well as died.

It’s no possible to leave unharmed from Recife. It’s not possible to leave unharmed from the meeting of the verb that emanates from the chest of the three artists. This was the feeling that Diverso got, which was in the metropolis, and returned with, at least, one certainty: that of the potential of the encounters, of the exchanges and of the awareness to unlock changes on the way to a more equal, inhabitable and human space.”

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