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The Sights and Voices of Dispossession: The Fight for the Land and the Emerging Culture of the MST (The Movement of the Landless Rural Workers of Brazil)


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Zé Pinto


And off we go

If also what is sung
Still counts in making history,
Then we shall sing together,
If we know we shan't arrive
If we stand alone,
Then we'll join hands as we go,
If tiredness affects us
On the way, we'll socialize the sacrifice,
To raise the thirst for justice
At every cross-road,
We'll celebrate a victory.
And so we'll learn
Anew to be ourselves.


November 2002

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Anthology of poems
A first-hand selection, unpublished in Brazil and elsewhere. A militant poetics; the social and political importance of the poet-singer (cantador), the construction of a canon of exclusion; the landless woman; the theme of death as life's horizon; the pedagogic project.
Else R P Vieira

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