In English

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

He is the author of six collections of poetry in Portuguese: Under the Roofs of the Night (1999), Hiding Places on Paper (2007), Still Movement (2016), Creatures: animal sketches (2017), A backyard and other corners (2018), which won the Sosígenes Costa Poetry Prize, awarded by the Academy of Letters of Ilhéus, in Bahia, and The Rhythm of the Circle: photographic poems (2019).

He has also published 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 2019, an anthology of his poetry was published in German, Ausgewählte Gedlchte.

Here is a selection of his poems translated into English.


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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