domingo, 29 de abril de 2012


Um silêncio de torturas
E gritos de maldição
Um silêncio de fraturas
A se arrastarem no chão.
E o operário ouviu a voz
De todos os seus irmãos
Os seus irmãos que morreram
Por outros que viverão.
Uma esperança sincera
Cresceu no seu coração
E dentro da tarde mansa
Agigantou-se a razão
De um homem pobre e esquecido
Razão porém que fizera
Em operário construído
O operário em construção.

 (Vinicius de Moraes)

sábado, 12 de novembro de 2011

Entre doce e sangue eu era o Valete.
Assistia frio, Kagilete e seu friúmes.

O doce não era meu e dona Kagilete,
Que era a dona, se cortou de ciumes.

Derramei doce de leite no canivete
Lambi lambuzando nos dois gumes.

terça-feira, 20 de setembro de 2011

“On the 21st, the President becomes the first woman since the foundation of the United Nations to address, with her speech, the opening of the General Assembly”, pointed out the Brazilian Foreign Affairs ministry.
President Rousseff’s activities in New York begin Monday at a special meeting on chronic diseases chaired by the former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet who is currently head of the Woman Office in the UN.
On Tuesday Ms Rousseff is scheduled to meet with US president Barack Obama with both leaders making the official presentation of the Open Government Society, a UN promoted initiative, which this year is jointly chaired by the US and Brazil, said Rodrigo Baena, spokes person for the Brazilian presidency.
Later in the day the Brazilian president will be meeting her Mexican peer, Felipe Calderón and at night will be awarded a prize for her dedication as public servant, from the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars.
On Wednesday before opening the round of speeches of the 66th General Assembly, President Rousseff will have a private meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
“The president is drafting a wide ranging and incisive speech in which she will defend social inclusion and human rights guarantees”, said the official news agency Brazil.
Likewise the Brazilian leader will address the effects of the global crisis, the need to reform the UN Security Council, supporting sustainable development and recalling that next June 2012 Rio do Janeiro will be hosting the world conference on climate change, Rio+20.
Following her speech the Brazilian president is scheduled to hold private meetings with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and later French president Nicholas Sarkozy with whom she will address the world crisis among other issues.
On Thursday the agenda in New York is over but previously Ms Rousseff will be participating in a UN nuclear security meeting and of a Security Council session on preventive diplomacy.
Over 120 world leaders are expected in New York for the UN General Assembly where Palestine’s bid for UN membership is likely to be the highlight. A lot of attention is also expected around the ‘Arab Spring’ and general unrest in that region.

quinta-feira, 15 de setembro de 2011

ROQUE DALTON, the poet, the political, the revolutionary...

 In 1961 he travelled to Havana, where he was welcomed by Casa de las Américas, a gathering place for many exiled leftist Latin American writers. Dalton returned clandestinely to El Salvador in 1965 but was soon caught and taken prisoner. He awaited execution in Cojutepeque, but he was miraculously saved. There was an earthquake and the wall from his prison cell fell down. Dalton took advantage of this and escaped. He slipped into a passing religious procession and managed to meet his fellow revolutionaries who helped him escape to Cuba again. He was then sent to Prague as a correspondent for The International Review: Problems for Peace and Socialism. While he was in Prague, he wrote his internationally acclaimed Taberna y Otros Lugares. He also produced a landmark biography of Miguel Mármol, a prominent Salvadoran communist who participated in the 1932 Salvadoran peasant uprising and was living in exile in Prague.

In 1970 Roque Dalton had become a recognized figure in the Salvadoran left. He tried hard to become a revolutionary soldier, for which reason he participated in military training camps in Cuba several times. He once wrote: "Politics are taken up at the risk of life, or else you don't talk about it".

Roque Dalton (1937–75) was the major literary figure and an important political architect of the revolutionary movement in El Salvador. Dalton represents a new type of Latin American writer: no longer the genial 'fellow traveler' of the revolution, like Pablo Neruda, but rather the rank and file revolutionary activist for whom the intricate cabbala of clandestine struggle-pass- words, safe houses, escape routes, forged documents, sectarian squabbles- was as familiar as Parisian surrealism. A dangerous and difficult profession, in which the event that seals a writer's reputation is often precocious martyrdom. [1]:[74]

 When he felt ready as a soldier, he sought admission in the Salvadoran Marxist-Leninist, political-military organization FPL -Fuerzas Populares de Liberación "Farabundo Marti-" (Popular Liberation Forces "Farabundo Marti" in English). However, the organization's leader, Commander "Marcial" (whose real name was Salvador Cayetano Carpio), rejected his application, arguing that Roque's role in the revolution was as a poet, and not as a foot-soldier. Because of this, he applied to join the ERP - Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo- (People's Revolutionary Army in English). Though Dalton himself was not allowed to become part of the FPL, both his sons joined the FPL in the late 70s. Roque Dalton's military career also included cooperation with Guatemalan revolutionaries in creating EGP - Ejército Guerrillero de los Pobres (Guerrilla Army of the Poor in English).

Once an active member in ERP, Dalton stressed the importance of establishing bonds with the organizations from civil society. Some of the other members of ERP disagreed with him. They accused him of trying to divide the organization. This group, whose most internationally known leader was Joaquin Villalobos ("Atilio"), allegedly condemned him to death on 10 May 1975, only four days before Roque was to turn 40. Therefore, Dalton's literary production stopped when a group of commandos, whose members were Joaquin Villalobos and Jorge Melendez (nom de guerre 'Jonas') ended his life. This commando was sent by Edgar Alejandro Rivas Mira. Roque was shot to death in a house in Santa Anita neighbourhood in San Salvador city. There were possibly others involved in his execution, but these are the ones still alive today: Villalobos settled in Great Britain; Melendez is an MP for San Salvador City for FMLN and Rivas Mira hides behind plastic surgeries, which were paid with money obtained from the kidnapping and murder of the multi-millionaire Roberto Poma. The most commonly accepted version of facts suggests that Dalton was "mistakenly accused" of operating as an agent for the CIA, reason for which he was executed. In this way his murder bears resemblance to that of Anna Mae Aquash, an American Indian Movement activist who was mistakenly identified as an FBI informer.

 In 1975, he was back in El Salvador working in the underground. This was a difficult time for the revolutionary movement, and Dalton's own organization, the ERP, was torn by a bitterfactional fight. Dalton criticized the organization's military adventurism and argued the need to build a mass base. Under circumstances that still remain obscure, he was accused of complicity with the CIA and assassinated by members of a rival faction of the ERP.[2]
 The reason was that many things he was privy to were subsequently known by the government, and by implication the CIA. It is commonly suggested.[citation needed] that someone Roque knew, and confided in, was an "oreja" (ear, or CIA spy/informant) and this is how confidential information was being discovered. Both the FPL and ERP were founding organizations of a united guerrilla front known as FMLN.

Bonecas Mandingueiras

Queria de renda e rodada, apertada na cadeira
Ganhou da costureira como queria. De tão
Rodada nem podia ventar, mas pro forró
quando ia, não tinha gaúcha que lhe pusesse

de lado. Na linha amarela só habitava lado de
dentro. Sabia mover com a Sanfona e trocava
bem na Zabumba, mas linda mesmo era
quando dançava no triangulo. Rastava tudo.

Encheu de suor a saia rodada, desfez as rendas
e afroxou nas cadeiras. Trabalho da costureira
destruido, ganhou de castigo linha no ouvido.
Por andar de mandinga no forró, ficou surda.

quarta-feira, 27 de julho de 2011

Poesia desde o Atlantico ao Pacífico Costaricense.

As costas da Costa Rica

Tamarindo estava quente, não sentia vento em Tamarindo
Tamarindo estava sem coco, chupei sorvete em Tamarindo
Tamarindo vi nicaraguenses e muitos gringos em Tamarindo
Tamarindo era bonito, exploracao e imperio em Tamarindo

Manzanillo tinha mosquito, levei repelente pra Manzanillo
Manzanillo chovia, usei nova capa de chuva em Manzanillo
Manzanilo tudo era apelido, chamei pelo nome Manzanillo
Manzanillo estava tranquilo, recitei Vinicius em Manzanillo

Dona Ana demorei pra chegar, perigosa estrada Dona Ana
Dona Ana pensei que ia gostar, me decepcionou Dona Ana
Dona Ana se rendeu ao inglês, mas eu sou latino Dona Ana

Cahuita das muitas cores, muitos calores vibraram Cahuita
Cahuita no sendeiro, macacos do macaco corri em Cahuita
Cahuita petróleo e mangue, pescando banana em Cahuita

 (Antonio Marques, July 15 2011)

domingo, 11 de abril de 2010

Twitter da Dilma

A pré-candidata do PT à Presidência, Dilma Rousseff, estreou neste domingo a sua página no Twitter (serviço de microblog). Com a entrada da ex-ministra, os quatro principais pré-candidatos passam a usar a ferramenta. "Começo hoje minha aventura no Twitter. Quero aprender com vocês", afirma a ex-ministra no primeiro tuíte publicado por volta das 18h. Em menos de uma hora, Dilma já contava com mais de 1.000 seguidores. Ela também abriu hoje uma página no Flickr, página que serve para publicar fotos. A estreia foi com fotos do evento de ontem no Sindicato dos Metalúrgicos do ABC, em São Bernardo, ao lado do presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. "Não vou fazer muito discurso por aqui. Quero trocar idéias, ouvir sugestões. Vou me abastecer com os twitteiros. Vocês saberão por aqui onde estou", diz Dilma. O primeiro RT [retwitter] da pré-candidata foi da página de Marcelo Branco, ex-diretor e um dos idealizadores da Campus Party, maior evento de tecnologia do país. Ele foi contratado pelo PT para dar consultoria sobre mídias sociais. Dilma afirma que a página também será abastecida por outras pessoas. "Também não vou ficar fingindo que passarei muito tempo na web. Vocês sabem que será impossível. Alguns amigos vão me ajudar." Em janeiro, quando foi ao Campus Party Brasil, Dilma prometeu criar uma página no microblog. "Atualmente, eu ainda estou muito aquém. Mas eu ando dando muita assessoria aos ministros Alexandre Padilha [Relações Institucionais] e Paulo Bernardo [Planejamento]. Eles estão me utilizando como mão de obra barata", afirmou a ministra, sobre os ministros que têm páginas no Twitter. Dilma comentou inclusive a agilidade de Padilha em atualizar sua página, fazendo inclusive durante reunião com o celular debaixo da mesa. "Talvez eu também consiga dar uma ´tuitada` de baixo da mesa", afirmou. Disputa no Twitter O adversário de Dilma, o ex-governador José Serra (PSDB) também costuma usar muito o Twitter, onde já publicou ar 1.888 mensagens. A página dele já tem 192 mil seguidores. Já a senadora Marina Silva (PV-AC) tem 17 mil seguidores e deputado Ciro Gomes (PSB-CE), 10 mil.