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Poet from Brazil makes stop in North Country

 Alexis Levitin (left) and Salgado Maranhao at a poetry reading in Plattsburgh.

Alexis Levitin (left) and Salgado Maranhao at a poetry reading in Plattsburgh. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

Levitin’s translations of Maranhao’s poems have appeared in several publications.

His poetry has vivid imagery and strong social undertones, tackling an array of subjects such as lost love, morality, politics, death and race.

Maranhao was impressed by the number of people who turned out in Plattsburgh to hear his poetry.

“The world is saved.”

In a poem, “Of the Breath,” he writes of facing the “diverse, the perverse, where tattered angels pray to vultures.”

In a poem against consumerism he writes of reflecting the “assembly line of our desires,” and “Junk that seals our eyelids shut.”

Maranhao uses a mirror in one poem to take on narcissism.

He told the audience after the reading that inspiration must come to the poet, who is chosen by his craft.

Everyone has a gift, he said, but it is up to each and every one of us to work hard to “turn the poem into a good poem.”

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