Reading and Writing Electronics Text: Assignment 03

Assignment 03 – “Happy Disaster”

Introductions

For this assignment I decided to mix two poems from the Brazilian concretist poet Ferreira Gullar. I chose his works because of it’s descriptive and originally deconstructed structure. Also, I’ve been always curious how his poems are surrounded by “objects”: his words are “stand alone” object waiting to be categorized, making them an interesting choice for playing with them in Python.

The theme of “happiness” and “disaster” also resonates with my “brazilian soul” and my current longing for the particular kind of “strangeness” of my native land. Even calling Brazil a “native land” seems very strange; a result of distance, I suppose; of “saudade”: the portuguese word for missing something so much it becomes a state o being. “Saudade” is not the same as “sofrer”/ “suffering”. Saudade can be good. Like a “happy disaster“, all those disasters that make life worth living.

also…I do like the smell of rotten bananas.

link to github repository here

Original poem: Happiness

Happiness

 

Suffering is the divine way

to nothing.

It won’t make a halo

around your head, it won’t

illuminate the smallest

square of your dark flesh,

it won’t even illuminate

the remembrance or illusion

at happiness.

 

you suffer, a wounded dog

suffers, an insect poisoned

by blackflag suffers.

Is your pain superior

to that of the cat you saw

with the broken back

limping along in the gutter

howling and unable to die?

 

Justice is moral, injustice

indifferent. Pain

will guarantee you equality

with rats and roaches that also

glimpse from inside their drains

the sun

and in their repulsive bodies

dragging through faeces

wish to be happy.

Original poem: Disaster

Disaster

 

Some wish

their poem to be

marble

or crystal. I wanted

mine to be a peach

or pear

or banana rotting on a plate

preferably

on a verandah

where people talk and work

and can hear

the noise from the street.

 

My only ambition

is the rotten poem

 

the pulp wounded

exposed

the voice deep within

festering
on the plate

the liquor the chemistry

of syllables

the decaying corpse

of metaphors

a poem

like a disaster in progress.

DISASTER HAPPINESS: Mixing two Ferreira Gullar poems

[‘the remembrance or illusion’,
”,
”,
”,
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‘marble’,
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‘to nothing.’,
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‘glimpse from inside their drains’,
‘with rats and roaches that also’,
”,
”,
”,
”,
‘or banana rotting on a plate’,
‘to that of the cat you saw’,
‘by blackflag suffers.’,
‘you suffer, a wounded dog’,
”,
‘Some wish’,
”,
‘illuminate the smallest’,
”,
‘and can hear’,
‘like a disaster in progress.’,
”,
‘indifferent. Pain’,
”,
“around your head, it won’t”,
”,
”,
‘Disaster’,
‘My only ambition’,
‘square of your dark flesh,’,
‘the noise from the street.’,
”,
‘their poem to be’,
‘dragging through faeces’,
‘festering’,
”,
‘the liquor the chemistry’,
‘Happiness’,
‘the voice deep within’,
”,
”,
‘or crystal. I wanted’,
”,
‘howling and unable to die?’,
”,
”,
”,
”,
”,
”,
”,
‘of metaphors’,
”,
”,
”,
‘suffers, an insect poisoned’,
”,
”,
”,
”,
”,
“it won’t even illuminate”,
‘exposed’,
“It won’t make a halo”,
‘on the plate’,
‘the pulp wounded’,
‘where people talk and work’,
”,
”,
‘or pear’,
‘limping along in the gutter’,
‘with the broken back’,
‘of syllables’,
”,
”,
”,
”,
‘Suffering is the divine way’,
”,
”,
”,
‘on a verandah’,
‘a poem’,
‘at happiness.’,
”,
”,
”,
‘is the rotten poem’,
‘preferably’,
‘will guarantee you equality’,
‘Justice is moral, injustice’,
”,
”,
‘the decaying corpse’,
”,
‘Is your pain superior’,
‘mine to be a peach’,
”,
‘the sun’,
”,
”,
”,
‘wish to be happy.’,
”,
”,
‘and in their repulsive bodies’,
”,
”]

 

 

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