Lírian Tabosa

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Ceará native, born in the city of Limoeiro do Norte, Lírian Tabosa arrived in Nova Iguaçu in 1956 and she was was enchanted by the city. Born in 1933, this fearless lady, who is preparing to publish her seventh book of poems, is regarded as the greatest poet of the cultural environment of the city.

Inspired by the readings of the Brazilian writer Castro Alves and the Portuguese Guerra Junqueiro, she wrote her first sonnet when she was 15. In youth, the poet devoted herself to political verses and on behalf of the Communist militancy, she ended up being exiled in Bolivia for five years.

"I had many boyfriends, but no husband. I ended up becoming what people call spinster," says the writer who created 20 foster children. "My great love was Che Guevara. I met him in Rio in 1961 and rediscovered him in Bolivia in 1967," sighs Lírian when she embraces an image of the revolutionary that occupies a prominent place in her office. "Even today I write many poems inspired by his fight."

Beyond politics, the issues that are most turned into verses by the poet are love and her beloved Nova Iguaçu. In 2013, one of Lírian chronicles about her municipality was published in the book by journalist Arnaldo Niskier, "Crônica para a Cidade Amada" (Chronicle For Beloved City) with texts about cities in Rio de Janeiro. In 2014, the writer was honored by the samba school Unidos do Cabuçu with the samba plot Lírian Tabosa, Fight, Poetry and Light. Lírian is also the organizer of some poets meeting and of Baixada Literary Festival.

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