From Repetition Poem to “Envelopoemas”: Concrete Tautologies in Paulo Bruscky's Political Poetics

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This article examines key works by Brazilian contemporary poet and artist, Paulo Bruscky, including Poema da repetição, Poesia viva, his Mail Art and “envelopoemas.” It argues that throughout Bruscky’s practice, it is possible to identify a poetics whose circuits of signification refer back to the material signs that constitute the work itself. It considers how this strategy builds from techniques forwarded by concrete poetry, as well as how Bruscky’s work intersects with a range of internationally practiced contemporary arts. Rather than a myopic, inward looking practice, Bruscky’s poetics generates significant opportunities for political messaging, even at its most tautological.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117 - 139
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Lusophone Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2020

Structured keywords

  • Bristol Poetry Institute
  • Centre for Material Texts


  • conceptual art
  • contemporary art
  • mail art
  • politics and aesthetics
  • Poema/Processo
  • concrete poetry


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