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Jorge Sousa Braga

(B. 1957)

The most visible roots of Jorge Sousa Braga’s poetry seem to be in the poetry of the beat generation and the haiku. However, the echoes of these heritages merge with multiple other references, perhaps more deep-seated, resulting in an innermost personal tone, simultaneously detached and gentle, from which the most effulgent poetical findings can erupt.

Jorge Sousa Braga was born in Cervães, a village in Minho, in northern Portugal. He lives in Porto where he is an obstetrician. He published his first poetry book in 1981. He is also the author of two books of poetry for children, some anthologies and a few books containing versions of oriental poetry.

Poetry books since 2000:

A Ferida Aberta (2001), Pó de Estrelas (2004), Porto de Abrigo (2005), O poeta Nu (2007), O Novíssimo Testamento e outros poemas (2012)



I was sitting in a room next to the operating theatres
and a nurse went past with your uterus inside a transparent plastic bag
Your uterus, my first home and my brothers’
still dripping blood
A small building all made of stone
with dividing walls of brick and hydraulic lime
and windows opening to the valley
With your uterus

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