domingo, agosto 26, 2007

Elizabeth Bishop - Pink Dog

Foto: Kris Kros

[Rio de Janeiro]

The sun is blazing and the sky is blue.
Umbrellas clothe the beach in every hue.
Naked, you trot across the avenue.

Oh, never have I seen a dog so bare!
Naked and pink, without a single hair...
Startled, the passersby draw back and stare.

Of course they're mortally afraid of rabies.
You are not mad; you have a case of scabies
but look intelligent. Where are your babies?

(A nursing mother, by those hanging teats.)
In what slum have you hidden them, poor bitch,
while you go begging, living by your wits?

Didn't you know? It's been in all the papers,
to solve this problem, how they deal with beggars?
They take and throw them in the tidal rivers.

Yes, idiots, paralytics, parasites
go bobbing int the ebbing sewage, nights
out in the suburbs, where there are no lights.

If they do this to anyone who begs,
drugged, drunk, or sober, with or without legs,
what would they do to sick, four-legged dogs?

In the cafés and on the sidewalk corners
the joke is going round that all the beggars
who can afford them now wear life preservers.

In your condition you would not be able
even to float, much less to dog-paddle.
Now look, the practical, the sensible

solution is to wear a fantasía.
Tonight you simply can't afford to be a-
n eyesore... But no one will ever see a

dog in máscara this time of year.
Ash Wednesday'll come but Carnival is here.
What sambas can you dance? What will you wear?

They say that Carnival's degenerating
— radios, Americans, or something,
have ruined it completely. They're just talking.

Carnival is always wonderful!
A depilated dog would not look well.
Dress up! Dress up and dance at Carnival!


Elizabeth Bishop (Poetisa Norte-Americana, 1911-1979)

«"Cadela Rosada" (Pink Dog) é um dos últimos poemas de Elizabeth Bishop, uma americana com fortes ligações com o Brasil. Viveu no Rio de Janeiro e em Ouro Preto, e traduziu para o inglês poemas de Carlos Drummond, João Cabral e Vinícius de Moraes. Bishop é, também, um dos nomes mais importantes da moderna poesia americana.

Embora concluído em 1979, "Cadela Rosada" começou a ser escrito muitos anos antes. Refere-se a um episódio famoso, de 1962, quando se denunciou que mendigos cariocas estavam a ser assassinados pelo Esquadrão da Morte, que lançava os cadáveres no rio da Guarda.

Elizabeth Bishop identifica a cadela rosada com um mendigo. E pergunta: se estão fazendo isso com seres humanos, o que não farão com uma pobre cadela sarnenta? Mas é interessante também fazer outra leitura: em inglês, bitch (cadela) é, também, prostituta. Então, muitos analistas vêem nesse animal uma metáfora da condição feminina.

Para esses analistas, é a mulher pobre, sozinha, com filhos, sem um lar constituído. Portanto, um ser fora dos padrões, acometido de sarna moral, aos olhos da distinta sociedade. (...)»

Texto de Carlos Machado

Biografia de Elizabeth Bishop

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