They burned silently and quickly
at the base of my friends’ houses,
quietly licking at foundations.
Rio de Janerio is an opera stage of mirth and tragedy, outrageous sets: the splendid, grandiose architecture of the rich against a background of favelas – slums that spill down from hills where those immersed in poverty can overlook the blue Atlantic and those fortunate enough live below.Read More
Amblard eats the native food and interrogates the servants.
He collects portents from the editor of a Boston weekly.
When he consults a Cuban thespian with connections
to the cabinet, Amblard embellishes with an ampoule
of a grand duke’s cologne.