Algarve poet Casimiro de Brito has died

Dalila Rodrigues, Minister of Culture, has already mourned the death of the Algarve poet

The Algarve poet and fiction writer Casimiro de Brito died this Thursday, May 16, aged 86, in Braga.

Born in Loulé in 1938, Casimiro de Brito lived in Minho since 2020 and died of natural causes, according to his daughter to the Lusa agency.

With more than fifty works published, he began publishing in 1955, bringing together a vast work of poetry, novels, essays and fragments, published in Portuguese and thirty other languages, being included in more than 200 anthologies in Portugal and abroad.

He created a literary page in the newspaper A Voz de Loulé called Prisma de Cristal, in which names such as António Ramos Rosa, Gastão Cruz and Maria Rosa Colaço collaborated.

He drove, still in Faro, the poetry collection “A Palavra”, as well as several literary magazines, including Cadernos do Meio-Dia, with António Ramos Rosa, a publication where the poets of the literary movement “Poesia 61” were revealed, which Casimiro de Brito was part of , alongside Fiama Hasse Pais Brandão, Gastão Cruz, Luiza Neto Jorge and Maria Teresa Horta.

Throughout his literary career he was honored with several prizes, including the Grand Prize for Poetry from the Portuguese Association of Writers for the book “Labyrinthus” (1981), the Versilia Prize, from Viareggio, for the Best Complete Foreign Work, for “ Ode & Ceia” (1985), the PEN Clube Poetry Prize, for the book “Opus Affettuoso followed by Última Núpcia” (1997).

He was appointed World Ambassador for Peace (Zurich) and, in 2008, was awarded the Commendation of the Order of Infante D. Henrique of the Portuguese Republic.

He served as vice-president of the Portuguese Writers Association and president of the PEN Clube Português as well as the Association Européenne pour la Promotion de la Poésie, and developed, for much of his life, an intense activity as a promoter of poetry.

Dalila Rodrigues, Minister of Culture, has already mourned the death of the Algarve poet. Casimiro de Brito's body will be in a burning chamber, on Saturday, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, at the Montes Claros Cemetery (Braga).