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The Songs of António Botto

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António Botto was one of Portugal's first openly gay writers, a poète maudit whose unapologetic and candid verses about homosexual life and passion were both praised and reviled when they appeared in Portuguese in 1922 under the title Canções. Botto's poetic voice-confessional, personal, and intimate-revels and luxuriates in eroticism while expressing the ache of longing, ...more
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Published November 8th 2010 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published January 1st 1921)
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championed by fernando pessoa, his long-time friend, publisher, and english translator, antónio botto was a portuguese modernist poet, as well as a dramatist and short story writer. as one of the nation's first openly gay writers, botto faced controversy in the early 1920s for the homosexual themes in his collection canções (songs), later disparaged as "the literature of sodom." after the short-lived scandal had subsided, botto would go on to write poetry for nearly three decades. following almo ...more
A Poet Out of Time: Reassessing António Botto

António Botto (1892 - 1959) was a Portuguese aesthete and modernist and on of Portugal's first openly gay poets whose position in the world of letters has only recently been brought to light. Though he had little formal education he worked as a clerk in a bookstore in Lisbon where he came into contact with the important writers of Portugal. He began publishing his poetry in 1917, his most popular collection being 'Canções' published in 1920 but not no
I couldn't put this down. I love the confessional and intimate voice in his writing. The eroticism in his writing captures the "ache of longing".
Flamboyant, unashamed, gay love and longing.

'The pity of my decay. So much beauty lost forever.'

Antonio was championed by Fernando Pessoa. He was out. He married (a woman). He refused treatment for syphilis. He moved to Rio. Tried to get himself repatriated to Lisbon when the funds ran out. He was run over in traffic and died.

I've been to Rio. They drive crazy over there!
I'm very sad that there aren't any of his other poetry collections in translation.

I'm also terribly curious as to know how the poetry literally translates into English from the original Portuguese. The editor clearly worked with the poetry to make it rhyme in places in English and I wonder what the text has lost in its editing.
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António Botto nasceu em Concavada, freguesia do concelho de Abrantes, filho de Maria Pires Agudo e de Francisco Thomaz Botto. O seu pai trabalhava como "marítimo" no rio Tejo. Em 1908 a sua família mudou-se para o bairro de Alfama em Lisboa, onde cresceu no ambiente popular e típico desse bairro. Recebeu pouca educação formal e trabalhou em livrarias, onde travou conhecimento com muitas das person ...more
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