Ana Luísa Amaral

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* 05.04.1956, Porto, Portugal
 05.08.2022, Porto, Portugal

Ana Luísa Amaral was born in Porto, Portugal in 1956. A poet, professor of English and American literature at the University of Porto, pioneer in gender studies, she has published numerous volumes of poetry and children’s books, and emerged as a Dickinson translator. She has received numerous awards for her lyrical work, which has been translated into several languages.

Ana Luísa Amaral repeatedly confronted phenomena in the literary tradition that she found strange: male-dominated poetry and the sagas of Western culture. Women’s themes often clash with images of biblical origin in her poems, or Greek myths are retold.

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Ana Luísa Amaral died on 5 August in her home town of Porto.



think about the children
telepathic seedlings
think about the girls
inexact blind
think about women
changed routes
think about the wounds
like warm roses
But oh don’t forget
the rose the rose
the rose of Hiroshima
the hereditary rose
the radioactive rose
stupid and invalid
The rose with cirrhosis
the atomic anti-rose
colorless without scent
No pink, nothing.
[Google translation]

A real Portuguese Treasure!

Arnold’s Attic

This unique booklet of embroidery and drawnwork, was created in Portugal in the early 17th century. Size 8 inches x 6 inches.

The techniques include cross stitch, reticello, drawnwork, satin stitch, knots and bullion stitch.

At some point fairly early in its history, the many small pieces of fabric included in this booklet were seamed together and loosely bound, to create a kind of glossary of colored and monochrome openwork patterns. Scraps of silk, glove leather and writing paper with Portuguese text were employed to stabilize the pages. The recycling of materials and the compact nature of the booklet all suggest that this was a purely practical reference work for a professional seamstress, and was not meant for display. Some of the patterns are worked in double running stitch, also referred to as “Spanish stitch,” reflecting its possible origin on the Iberian peninsula in the sixteenth century.

Made from linen, silk, leather and paper.

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