For over four decades Brazilian poet Augusto de Campos has created some of the most interesting post World War II poetry to come out of South America. Famous for his poemas concretos (concrete poems), his work challenges genres by combining poetry and design, resulting in captivating visual writing. Numerous of these festive and polemic poetic representations have been recently published in an anthology of Campos’ work, Poètemoins Anthologie, by French publishing house Les Presses du Réel, which transcribes some of his poemas concretos to the French language.
Image credits: Viva Vaia, Augusto de Campos, 1979; Augusto de Campos and Julio Plaza
Poemobiles, 1974, photo: Bettina Brach; Book cover – Augusto de Campos, Poètemoins – Anthologie, Les Presses du Réel