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Armando Silva Carvalho

(B. 1938)

Armando Silva Carvalho was born by the wildest Atlantic coast. His lyricism is not an easy one. He is a poet of hardness and harshness, of fully acknowledged beauty and of desire. In his poetry there is the sea and the world. Sun, love, pain, hunger and wonder go through it.

Armando Silva Carvalho, who sadly died in June 2017, was born in Olho Marinho, Óbidos, north of Lisbon, and had a Law degree from the University of Lisbon. Throughout his life he worked as a lawyer, a teacher and in advertising. He was a poet, a novelist, an essayist, a translator and a contributor to several newspapers and literary magazines.

Poetry books since 2000:

Lisboas - roteiro Sentimental (2000), Três Vezes Deus (in collaboration with Ana Marques Gastão and António Rego Chaves) (2001), O Amante Japonês (2008), Anthero Areia & Água (2010), De Amore (2012)

Poems

Despondency

Let them go, bird, sail, soul, life,
There will be in this loss
A moveable rational
(the words that are put in my mouth)
For decoding the course of the internal river of time
Where I exposed myself a naked, unwitting child,
Trying to regain the mornings of the world.

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