For Philadelpho Menezes


Tue, 25 Jul 2000 17:01:09 -0500


David Baptiste Chirot <>






Some very sad and tragic news:

Philadelpho Menezes died in a car accident Sunday, 23

July 2000.

He was only 40 and working on the organizing of an


conference of the Sound Poetry to be held in Sao Paulo, his

native city.

He had just issued

a new CD, INTERPOESIA, produced with Wilton Azeredo.

Philadelpho Menezes produced many works and CDs of

Sound Poetry

and Visual

Poetry, organized many conferences in both areas and wrote

extensively on

them, critically and theoretically.

He was also Professor in the post-graduate program in


and Communication of the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao


His major work, POETICS AND VISUALITY A Trajectory of

Contemporary Brazilian Poetry

is in English translation by Harry Polkinhorn, San

Diego State

University Press, 1995..

Excerpts from this work are at Light and Dust Mobile

Anthology of



Also theoretical work of Philadelpho Menezes in English

translation is included in:

CORROSIVE SIGNS Edited by Cesar Espinosa, trnaslated by


Polkinhorn. (Washington D. C.: Maissonneuve Press,



Philadelpho Menezes was a very generous and energetic

participant, organizer

and distributor of ideas and works and performances of Sound

and Visual

Poetry. His work and spirit and life are an example of the

openness and internationalism in the practise, thinking,

history and

generosity possible in the open fields of Visual Poetry and

Sound Poetry,

of the Intersign.

In honor of Philadelpho, may fellow workers keep alive

his example

and memory and works.


He who walks in hiddennes

has light to guide him

in all his acts.

--Chuang Tzu

in this spirit, we have the light of Philadelpho

Menezes for guide

--dave baptiste chirot

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