“The Pedagogy of Steel” by Brazilian Poet Pedro Tierra

I am sharing a post as a reblog from Rosaliene Bacchus’ blog, Three Worlds One Vision ~ Guyana – Brazil – USA.

I would like to thank her for giving me permission to do so. This morning, she shared this crucial context for her post, “The Pedagogy of Steel” by Brazilian Poet Pedro Tierra.

“I was living in Brazil during the 1990s and watched with horror the national TV news reports of each of the four massacres. Brutal violence. As Pedro Tierra notes in his poem: “Life is worth so little / from outside the fence…”

“To learn more about “the never-ending global atrocities that greed-fed imperialism has fomented,” I recommend The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein, published in 2007. She reveals a shocking view of our world. Nothing has changed. It’s only transformed into other forms of chaos.”

Thank you for the crucial work you do to raise awareness, Rosaliene!

Three Worlds One Vision

Memorial of Massacre of Eldorado dos Carajas - 17 April 1996

Memorial of Massacre of Eldorado dos Carajás – Pará – Brazil
Photo Credit: Globo (Glauco Araújo)
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My Poetry Corner February 2016 features the poem “The Pedagogy of Steel” (A Pedagogia dos Aços) by Brazilian poet Pedro Tierra, pen name of Hamilton Pereira da Silva, a politician and Secretary of Culture in the Federal District.

Born in 1948 in Porto Nacional (Tocantins), Pedro Tierra abandoned his studies to join the resistance movement to overthrow the military dictatorship (1964-1985). In 1972, he was arrested and tortured for his subversive activities. During the five years he spent in prison, he lost several of his companions.

To survive and maintain his sanity, he began writing poetry. Adapting a Spanish pen name deterred exposure. He smuggled his poems to friends outside the prison, keeping them informed of life in captivity.

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