Poet Miró da Muribeca dies in Recife at the age of 61

Poet Miró da Muribeca dies in Recife at the age of 61

This Sunday (31st) the poet Miró da Muribeca died. The statement was published on the artist’s social media. The artist battled metastatic cancer, which was discovered in 2020. Miró leaves behind a son and a grandson.

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“We share with all friends, fans and followers that our poet Miró da Muribeca was enchanted this Sunday morning,” the note said, along with a black image symbolizing grief. Artists including singers Jorge Du Peixe, Karina Buhr and Alessandra Leão expressed their regret in the post.

“He died at the Hotel Central, with which he had a very close relationship. [Antes] He was in a private inpatient clinic, but earlier this month he asked to go to the Hotel Central. He was cared for 24 hours a day by nurses. He’s even had a few quick hospital admissions with this endstage cancer he’s been battling for two years. He probably died in his sleep. When morning came and they went to check his vital signs, he had died,” said writer Wellington de Melo, who was Miró’s friend, editor, and biographer.

The wake will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel of the Cemitério de Santo Amaro in the central region of Recife. The funeral is scheduled for Monday (1st) at 11am.

Poet João Flávio Cordeiro da Silva, Miró da Muribeca, 61, was admitted to a public hospital in Recife in May this year due to health problems he had been facing for some time.

2 of 2 Miró da Muribeca in a file photo — Photo: Wesley D’Almeida / Publicity

Miró da Muribeca in a file photo — Photo: Wesley D’Almeida / Publicity

According to the press office, the artist was in poor health due to addiction to alcoholic beverages after he had already been admitted to rehabilitation clinics.

Miró was a street artist. He left Muribeca, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Recife that gave his name to his artistic signature, to become a reference in urban poetry.

Miró has published over 15 books and translated poetry into Spanish and French. In August 2021, the poet published the book “O Céu é no 6º Andar”, celebrating his 61st birthday.

In a statement, the Minister of Culture and the Fundação de Cultura Cidade do Recife expressed their regret at Miró’s death.

“The streets, corners and nights of Recife lose much poetry and meaning this Sunday. The Minister of Culture and the Fundação de Cultura Cidade do Recife mourn the death of the poet Miró da Muribeca and the sad silence of everyone who says,” says the text .

“Between poetry and the periphery, he chose both. He subverted rhyme and coined a popular, urban, peripheral, black and social poetic aesthetic that Miró carried even outside of Brazil,” the message concludes: “[…] Miró now enchants himself in verse and prose, leaving the city, every corner and every bridge, still traversed by the poetry he has forever inscribed in the geography everyone carries in their chests.

The Companhia Editora de Pernambuco (Cepe) also regretted the death in a note in which Miró was described as “one of the most important Brazilian poets of our time”.

The publisher’s president, Ricardo Leitão, stated that it was “a great honor to publish Miró’s books”. “The registration of his strong poetry of a social nature was a commitment of the publisher. His work was an important contribution to Brazilian poetry.

The Pernambuco Public Publishing House published two of his latest works, the children’s book “Atchim!” (2019) and “Miró so far” (2016).

In the message, Cepe also informs that two publications by Miró are in the process of production, a biography and a work of unpublished poetry.

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