The Amazon poet Thiago de Mello died, at age 95, in the early hours of this Friday (14), according to an announcement by the Secretary of Culture and Creative Economy of Amazonas. The cause of death has not yet been released.
Mello, whose books were translated into more than 30 languages, gained prominence on the national and international scene, dealing with subjects such as everyday life and the beauties of the region where he was born. He was a native of Barreirinha, in the interior of the Amazon.
The wake will take place at the Palácio Rio Negro Cultural Center, in Manaus, with no confirmed time yet.
One of Mello’s verses inspired the 34th Bienal de São Paulo, which took place in 2021, with the theme “It’s dark but I sing”, an excerpt written by the poet in 1965.
The author was part of the fight against the military dictatorship in Brazil, and was exiled in countries such as Argentina and Chile, returning to Amazonas after the end of the regime.
Reference: CNN Brasil