Cattle of the Lord: Poems by Rosa Elise Branco,Alexis Levitin

By Rosa Elise Branco,Alexis Levitin

Love. intercourse. loss of life. Meat. site visitors. Pets. In Cattle of the Lord, Rosa Alice Branco deals a beautiful poetic imaginative and prescient right away sacred and profane, a wealthy evocation of way of life stricken by means of uneasy sacramentality.

In a suite translated by way of Alexis Levitin and offered in either Portuguese and English, readers locate themselves in an international became the other way up: darkly comedian, sensual, and rife with contradiction. right here, liturgical phrases turn into fans’ invites. Cows moo on the heavens. And chickens are classes at the resurrection.

Over the process the gathering, Branco’s unorthodox — even blasphemous — non secular sensibility yields whatever finally hopeful: a trust that the actual, the quotidian, and the animalistic are holy, too. Writing on the barriers of feel and mystification, combining sensuous lyrics and wit with theological interrogation, Branco breaks down what we expect we all know approximately faith, religion, and what it capacity to be human.

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