Sunday, February 28, 2010

LatiNegr@s Project: Virginia Brindis de Salas

Poet from Uruguay who died in 1958 at the age of 50 and is said to be the first Black Latin American woman to publish a book of poetry for wide/international distribution. Her work has been considered the most "militant" when it comes to Black-Uruguayan identity. She has written two books that have both been published (and are extremely difficult to find) which include:

Pregón de Marimorena (1946)
Cien Carceles de Amor (1949)

One of the few texts where you can read more about her is the book Daughters of the diaspora: Afra-Hispanic writers by Miriam DeCostas-Willis. Another text is Women in Africa and the African Diaspora: A Reader by Rosalyn Terborg-Penn and Andrea Benton Rushing.

Here is an excerpt from a one location that has translated her writing:


You look at my brown skin
With eyes that are two burning coals
I w to be a fountain
Where you can quench the thirst of your desires
I want the blood in
My veins to turn into
The tropics of your frenzy

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