domingo, 20 de agosto de 2017

“To Himself” de Mark Strand

Coloco aqui um poema – "To Himself" – que escolhi do livro ”The Continuous Life” de Mark Strand publicado em 1990, que li na versão original (inglês).



Mark Strand normalmente apresenta um estilo realista e por vezes mágico, mas neste livro, a escrita apresenta-se de certa forma leve e muitas vezes alegre e jovial, especialmente nos textos de poesia-prosa.


"TO HIMSELF


So you’ve come to me now without knowing why.
Nor why you sit in the ruby plush of an ugly chair, the sly
Revealing angle of light turning your hair a silver gray;
Nor why you have chosen this moment to set the writing of years
Against the writing of nothing; you who narrowed your eyes,
Peering into the polished air of the hallway mirror, and said
You were mine, all mine; who begged me to write, but always
Of course to you, without ever saying what it was for;
Who used to whisper in my ear only the things
You wanted to hear; who comes to me now and says
That it’s late, that the trees are bending under the wind,
That night will fall; as if there were something
You wanted to know, but for years had forgotten to ask,
Something to do with sunlight slanting over a table
And chair, an arm rising, a face turning, and far
In the distance a car disappearing over the hill."

Mark Strand




Mark Strand nasceu na Ilha Prince Edward no Canadá em 11 de abril de 1934.
Autor de vários livros e colecções de poesia: Collected Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014); Almost Invisible (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012); New Selected Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007); Man and Camel (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006); Blizzard of One (Alfred A. Knopf, 1998), which won the Pulitzer Prize; Dark Harbor (Alfred A. Knopf, 1993); The Continuous Life (Alfred A. Knopf, 1990); Selected Poems (Atheneum, 1980); The Story of Our Lives (Atheneum, 1973); and Reasons for Moving (Atheneum, 1968).
Ele foi poeta laureado dos Estados Unidos entre 1990 a 1991 e Chanceler da Academia de Poetas Americanos de 1995 a 2000. Ele ensinou Inglês e literatura comparada na Universidade de Columbia em Nova York. Morreu aos oitenta anos em 29 de novembro de 2014, em Brooklyn, Nova York.

boa poesia e até breve,
SN