Original title: Poema Sujo (1976)
Author: Ferreira Gullar
Translator: Leland Guyer

Dirty Poem was written in 1975 in Buenos Aires when Ferreira Gullar was in political exile from the Brazilian dictatorship. An epic work, it draws on the poet’s memories of his seaside adolescence during World War II and deals openly with the “dirty” shamefulness of a socioeconomic system that abuses its citizens with poverty, sexism, greed, and fear. The scholar Otto Maria Carpeaux wrote: “Dirty Poem deserves to be called ‘National Poem’ because it embodies all of the experiences, victories, defeats, and hopes in the life of the Brazilian citizen.”

Oh, my green city
my humid city
ever beaten by many winds
rustling your days at the entrance to the sea
my sonorous city
spheres of heavy winds

(Source: publisher)


Dirty Poem_Ferreira Gullar

Series: New Directions Poetry Pamphlets
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: New Directions; 1 edition (April 7, 2015)
Translator: Leland Guyer
ISBN-10: 0811223957
ISBN-13: 978-0811223959
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Dirty Poem_2_Ferreira Gullar

Hardcover: 205 pages
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c1990.
Translator: Leland Guyer
Note: Portuguese text, parallel English translation
ISBN-10: 0819178780
ISBN 13: 9780819178787
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Sullied Poem
Hardcover: 216 Pages
Publisher: Associated Faculty Pr Inc (May 1988)
Translator: Leland Guyer
ISBN-10: 0804694079
ISBN-13: 978-0804694070
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