Kai Rocha

Luís Barreira Carolina Oliveira (Kai Rocha), 2012 Fotografia serie: Swimming pool arquivo: 09_01_IMG_0251, 2012

Luís Barreira

Carolina Oliveira (Kai Rocha), 2012

Fotografia

serie: Swimming pool

arquivo: 09_01_IMG_0251, 2012

Delfos

Luís Barreira Delfos, 1984 Coordenadas: 38°28'55.7"N 22°30'05.9"E Fotografia/Diapositivo série: arquivo: SLIDE_1461, 1984

Luís Barreira

Delfos, 1984

Coordenadas: 38°28'55.7"N 22°30'05.9"E

Fotografia/Diapositivo

série:

arquivo: SLIDE_1461, 1984

To the Oracle at Delphi

 

Great Oracle, why are you staring at me,

do I baffle you, do I make you despair?

I, Americus, the American,

wrought from the dark in my mother long ago,

from the dark of ancient Europa--

Why are you staring at me now

in the dusk of our civilization--

Why are you staring at me

as if I were America itself

the new Empire

vaster than any in ancient days

with its electronic highways

carrying its corporate monoculture

around the world

And English the Latin of our days--

 

Great Oracle, sleeping through the centuries,

Awaken now at last

And tell us how to save us from ourselves

and how to survive our own rulers

who would make a plutocracy of our democracy

in the Great Divide

between the rich and the poor

in whom Walt Whitman heard America singing

 

O long-silent Sybil,

you of the winged dreams,

Speak out from your temple of light

as the serious constellations

with Greek names

still stare down on us

as a lighthouse moves its megaphone

over the sea

Speak out and shine upon us

the sea-light of Greece

the diamond light of Greece

 

Far-seeing Sybil, forever hidden,

Come out of your cave at last

And speak to us in the poet’s voice

the voice of the fourth person singular

the voice of the inscrutable future

the voice of the people mixed

with a wild soft laughter--

And give us new dreams to dream,

Give us new myths to live by!

 

 

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1919