Goldsmiths’ own BA English and Literature student, Ticiele has written a collection of poetry in Portuguese for children. She grew up in Porto Feliz, Brazil. By the age of 11, she won the SARESP (School Development Evaluation System of São Paulo State) contest for best essay on ‘The Discovery of Brazil’. From there her passion for music, prose and poetry inspired her to start writing poetry.
‘Vontade de Escrever’, which translates to ‘Like Writing’, features Cordel (a variety of Portuguese folk poetry) and other key aspects of Portuguese literature. Her poetry draws on significant themes, such as: the value of learning music and foreign languages, the importance of respecting people and the significance of chasing dreams.
Previously unpublished, she wrote a poem to share a taste of her poetry based on Maya Angelou’s poem ‘Come and be my baby’, about her cat, Poppy.
Come. And be my baby.
And leave the world behind
For there are seekers running
After treats of trust hereby
Stay with me, you better off here
Thousands of kittens have disappeared
But don’t cry. I’ll open my door.
Until the last piece of life embraces my floor.
Lie on my couch and sleep
The calmest blurred visions you can see
I won’t bother your elegant tail resting on
The fact it entails the whole place upon
Which your eyes like conceits will show
Demanding meows and wows.
‘Vontade de Escrever’ is available in the Goldsmiths Library in Portuguese. Ticiele is also currently working on translating her work into English and Spanish.