Date:         Tue, 25 Jul 2000 17:01:09 -0500
Reply-To:     David Baptiste Chirot
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From:         David Baptiste
Chirot <dbchirot@CSD.UWM.EDU>
Subject:      For Philadelpho Menezes
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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 upcoming 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 Semiotics and Communication of the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo.

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 Poetry

Also theoretical work of Philadelpho Menezes in English translation is included in:

CORROSIVE SIGNS Edited by Cesar Espinosa, trnaslated by Harry Polkinhorn. (Washington D. C.: Maissonneuve Press, 1990).

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