Where you too will come sighing in the ditches, even if yours is a famished voice
and if I see your eyes at dawn, lost over the fields, in shuddering places – I will return – « I
even on the waves of midday, along the contour of a cherry, if I see you, margarete, I «darken – «and darken
as the hair of dark-coloured violins darkens me, as
the wind darkens in the cold woods where we die, the alleys darken
the black milk we drink and drink darkens.
Whence you too will appear with the sublime finery of misfortune, even if your blood will curdle
and if in the evening, at the magic hour, I can glimpse your eyes reading galicia’s poems – I return – «I
even on the trains digging a tunnel through the air, if I see you, shulamith, I «darken – «and I darken
as the evening darkens me in the smaller hours, as
lines darken on faces, poems darken
as darkens the black milk we drink and drink.
Rui Cóias poetry appeared in 2000, as a powerful and dense world, where real elements seem to float on a desolate landscape of silences and distances. The title of his first book, ‘The Geographer’s Function’, immediately signals the route of a journey whose spaces are shaped by time and memory and the landscape determines human actions.
Born and raised in Lisbon, Rui Cóias studied law at the University of Coimbra. He then returned to Lisbon to work as a lawyer for nine years, after which he left the profession. He is currently writing a PhD, after having studied Philosophy at a Lisbon university.
Poetry books since 2000:
A Função do Geógrafo (2000), A Ordem do Mundo (2005), Europa (2015)