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 five collections of poetry: Under the Roofs of the Night (1999), Hiding Places on Paper (2007), Still Movement (2016), Creatures: animal sketches (2017), and A backyard and other corners (2018), which won the II Sosígenes Costa Poetry Prize, awarded by the Academy of Letters of Ilhéus, in Bahia. 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).

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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