Rodrigo Lodi’s book of poetry & photographs

Rodrigo Lodi’s book of poetry & photographs

Rodrigo Lodi's new book of poetry & photographs: Moons over Ethiopia

We are excited to share Raw member Rodrigo Lodi’s new poetry book “Luas sobre Etiópia (Moons over Ethiopia)”, written in Portuguese. Lodi’s poems are accompanied by his photographs of Ethiopia.

In Lodi’s words:

To experience Moons Over Ethiopia, you have to understand: it is not a picture book. It is not a word book. It is a book of feeling, a book of the night, a book of the day. To taste two absolutely different stories, but connected by cultures that try to remain intact to our touch. To taste Ethiopia, you must not be in a hurry. You have to be like a poem: in peace, even when there’s trouble inside.

You can purchase the book here.

Below is an excerpt from the book:

feeling is time

nothing seems to change

nothing is what it was before

life take its own path

 

the importance of greatness is as small as we are

 

sun tell us colors, scales, steps

 

eternal heat

even when cold inside

 

horizon does not end at the eyes

stars do not end in the brief darkness of the sky.

 

commonplace for images,

immense for those who feel

 

all sings.

animals, people, wind.

tension exists, but it is not seen

peace is many, but it is not understood

 

same contrast,

same harmony,

same Africa

 

our tissues feel it all at the same time

 

that’s how small we are

 

that’s how great it is

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