Preface to "The Jaguar Children/Os meninos Jaguar"

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by Mario Luzi

Marcia Theophilo, Brazilian by incredible inspiration and poetical art, besides an enthusiast ethnic and endemic culture, she has raised a paean and a cry to this world threatened of extinction, to this meninos on which the wicked perversity that reaches till an obscure persecution.
Theophilo’s Poem, divided in two parts, could not be better presented than how she does herself inn the introduction: “This poem-book, that wants to inspire to the pantheist mysticism, represents an entire world. Its verses are short orations supported by a pursuing rhythm. Through the poetry one wants to give evidence of the sacred quality of life and of those extraordinary values that we are loosing. Hers is not a poetry dedicated only to man’s children, but also to whatever germinates, to all that is still considered useless to the development because has to deal with the consume, and for that reason is scorned, trampled or simply not considered.” Therefore the reader finds in the book concentrated all the motivations that have promoted the pattern and the poetry of the opera. The anthropological passion, the environmental contempt, the sufferance for the violated earth, the vehement and sweet love for the creatures that represent it in its primary innocence, just the meninos, contributes and found on this poetical invention.
At once the reader will be surprised to find himself not in front of a celebrative work, nor of a polemic or commemorative one, but inside a work, lived and alive, which is a ritual of an animistic glorification, tragic, joyful, orgiastic at the same time. It is a style of live versifying and from the inside of a shared community. This style eliminates all the differences between subject and object, accomplishing in its own process, better in its own saying, it assimilates the reader to the protagonists, in this case to the sons of the Jaguar that is the mythical personification of the forest. It’s involving like the ceremonies are, with their vehemence, their triumphal obsessive rhythm. This humanity, elementary in its needs, complex in its symbolic relationship with life, integrated with the nature, protected from the omnipresent maternity of the Jaguar, after she has been driven out from her unconscious but jealous heaven, completes her revolution with the exodus through the cities. Here she will suffer and repay the violence of a strange world where everything is distorted. To listen and to see all this from the side of the victims is the first originality of the work.
The sensibility and the lyrical fineness of the briefs compositions of which the book is composed are of unlimited concerted nature.
It is rare that many attitudes of a person engaged in studies and researches, that has a daring civil campaign to defend, can realize and be made in a poetry work; so lighted, so animated that could not be so without a full adhesion, an absolute love, ideal and sensual , to its theme.

Mario Luzi



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