Beneath a chicken that scratches the landscape slides towards our intimacy. The potted plant in the balcony not exceeding its season in flowers. The helpless way my head is balanced at the window, like in Modigliani’s necklines. Your hips—a single shape bivalve, dehiscent. And the quietness of the breeze in the area of these lines that, so it appears, draws the bed-linen to your feet.
Alba (1940-2001) was a member of the post-independence generation of
Mozambican poets. A contemporary of Mia Couto, Eduardo White and Luís
Carlos Patraquim, he did not achieve their international success and
died a beggar on the streets of Maputo.
THE LUSOPHONE PROJECT:
Maria Luísa Coelho, Ana Raquel Fernandes, Tula Teixeira, Jonathan Morley
& Ana Teresa Brízio Marques Dos Santos began translating poetry
from the former Portuguese colonies in Africa in 2005. They have
published two collections from Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. A second
Mozambican anthology, featuring the older generation of writers who
emerged before independence, is planned.
The Heaventree Press is an independent poetry press based in Coventry. For more information on Heaventree, and to buy Charrua and Beyond: Poems from Mozambique, please visit the Heaventree Press website.