In English

Natan Barreto was born in Salvador, Brazil. He has lived in Rio, Paris, Rome, and, since 1992, in London.

He has published four collections of poetry, Under the Roofs of the Night (1999), Hiding Places on Paper (2007), Still Movement (2016) and Creatures: animal sketches (2017); a volume of translations from the French of Madagascan writer Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo, Almost-Dreams & Translated from the Night (2009); and the biography Among the Mango Trees: the Life of Eunice Palma (2011).

In 2017, his still unpublished book A backyard and other corners won the II Sosígenes Costa Poetry Prize, awarded by the Academy of Letters of Ilhéus, in Bahia.

Here is a selection of his poems translated into English.

Ruins

Poem based on a photograph by Sebastião Salgado, in which a one-legged-man on crutches walks down a street in Kabul, Afghanistan. The buildings…

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