Wednesday, June 21, 2006

World Cup Poetry #3

Greetings, it’s time for another edition of World Cup Poetry.

June 21, 2006

Mexico vs. Portugal
Angola vs. Iran
Argentina vs. Netherlands
Ivory Coast vs. Serbia & Montenegro

June 21 Mexico vs. Portugal

Ramon Lopez Velarde (1888-1921) is one of Mexico’s best known poets. I am proud to have inherited, Poesas Completas y El Minutero, Complete Poems and the Timer, from my father, who loved books from all subjects and sciences, from writers of all nations. Most of his books are in English, but there are many in Spanish, and a few in French, which I sadly don’t understand. If my father was here, we would have watched the Portugal vs. Mexico game on 06/21/2006. He would have turned off the TV and walked away, unwilling to see the game when it was tight and appeared as if Mexico would find a way to lose, break his heart. But Mexico would win sometimes, and the smile on his face would light up the room, and the jokes would be coming out fast and often. It was a proud day to be a soccer fan when the “tri-coloro” found a way to win. However, Mexico found a way to break our hearts on 06/21/06, losing 2-1, but they advanced to the next round and will face Argentina, two-time champions of the World Cup.

Lopez Velarde’s “Suave Patria: Sweet Land” translated by Margaret Sayers Peden here.

The original poem, Suave Patria, appears in the book, which I inherited from my father. Of note in the translation above is the section titled Cuauhtemoc, which in the book I hold in my hand is misspelled, CUAUTHEMOC. In the link to Ramon Lopez Velarde above are two excellent photographs by Tina Modotti and Manuel Ãlvarez Bravo.

Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), was an amazing writer, who assumed different identities and wrote under multiple heteronyms. Please read about Pessoa’s trunk and his many identities.

June 21 Angola vs. Iran

This game gave Angola hope of reaching the next round. They needed to win. However, Iran spoiled their chances with a 1-1 tie and with a little luck, things could have fared better for the Iranians. Both teams will be heading home, but they can raise the heads and know that in four years, if they’re so lucky, can play in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Two poems presented by English poet Bryan Murphy, inspired by his stay in Angola. The second poem mentions Pele, Brazilian soccer star, in More Than A Game.

Read about Angolan poet, Mario Antonio Fernandes de Oliveira (born 1934). presents many poems from Iranian-American and other Iranian poets, including an archive of poetry from 2006.

June 21 Argentina vs. Netherlands

This game featured a game of two teams that have advanced to the second round and a rematch of the 1978 World Cup final, which Argentina hosted and defeated Netherlands in the championship game. No goals were scored in this game. Argentina will face Mexico and Netherlands will face Portugal. Each of these teams will be favored in their next match-ups, but the games will still have to be played.

An anthology of poetry from Argentina (1980-1996) is offered here from The XUL Reader.

Read about Juan Gelman, Argentine poet living in Mexico below. His book Unthinkable Tenderness with a forward from Eduardo Galeano is available.

Dutch poetry link here.

A History of Literature from Holland is presented here.

June 21 Ivory Coast vs. Serbia & Montenegro

These teams played for pride. Each team came in playing great football, but had the unenviable task of matching up with two soccer machines, Argentina and Netherlands. Each squad attempted to provide their faithful fans with a victory. Serbia & Montenegro defeated the Ivory Coast 3-2. Serbia & Montenegro was trounced by Argentina 6-0. They are not as bad as the score indicated.

The work of Annie Yapobi, poet from Ivory Coast, translated by Google.

A link to Literature from Serbia & Montenegro.

June 22 Czech Republic vs. Italy

Czech Republic vs. Italy will battle for group supremacy. The winner of this game will be first in the group. Each team was stung by teams they were favored over, Ghana defeated Czech Republic & Italy was tied by the American squad.

Czech Republic concrete poetry link here.

Leopardi was considered Italy’s greatest poet since Dante. Read about him here.

June 22 Ghana vs. USA

The speed of the squad from Ghana will be a difficult task for USA to handle. However, USA will have take advantage of every opportunity to win. USA is hoping Italy defeats Czech Republic. It is the only way the could advance to the next round. Of course, they have to win.

Please read poetry link to Ghana here.

Hart Crane (1899-1932) link here.

June 22 Croatia vs. Austria

Australia hopes to qualify for the next round with a win or a tie against Croatia, who wants to do the same. They each depend on Brazil being Brazil and a loss by Japan, who is coached by Brazilian soccer great, Zico.

Australian poetry here.

Damir Sodan , poet from Croatia link here.

June 22 Japan vs. Brazil

The Japanese have played well in spurts, held a 1-0 lead for 84 minutes over Australia, who scored three goals in the last 6 minutes of the game. Japan needs to win by 2 goals and expect favorable results in the game between Australia and Croatia.

Japanese poetry link here.

Brazilian poet and soccer fan, Laura Erber link here.

** posted for Luis C. Berriozabal by Christopher Cunningham **


Blogger j.b said...

another great post, Luis. you have so much information and i have so little time to digest it. i know what i'm doing tonight.

9:48 AM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

great job, luis. I love the part about your dad, very touching. I'm sure he's proud of you and cheering Mexico to VICTORY!

2:19 PM  
Blogger Luis said...

thanks J.B. & Chris: I hope my dad will be looking down when Mexico faces Argentina next & my brother, Juan, as well. He was also a big soccer fan. I helped him once coach his son's soccer team. My nephew's a great soccer player, was on the US Olympic Developmental Team a few years back. But two knee injuries slowed his progress.

I wish I had more time to look for more information as well. I hope the links help finding poets who could inspire others. I know some have helped me learn a thing or two.

10:23 PM  

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