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That's what we have for today


“For beyond mentioning isolation and pandemic in words, reading this book made me realize how it speaks about today in countless ways. The gentle proposal of Luis Oliveira and Nilo Siqueira puts all of us at a turning point. Between what was done and the choices for the future.
It wasn't as if things depended on our action, because the impression was that we slipped through everyday life, and that we were pushed to today, in a lobotomized insensitivity.
These verses convey that, what can be chosen, lived, walked, worked, can already help in the path of being something more than that determined thing from before. Luís's rhymes are full of flavor: I love it when meaning rhymes more than the word, or when it repeats the word to multiply the meaning, or when it rhymes ending with the meaning it started. I wish the idyllic and magical life of these rhymes to face the challenges of reality. And about the illustration, I'm curious, often objects are defined and shaded, and people are represented with a quite anarchic, rebellious stroke. I don't know if it's intentional, it would be equally interesting if it were unconscious. After all, we are in this chaotic tangle of thoughts and attitudes, of intentionality and randomness.
Nilo has the ability to overflow with energy in each one. They didn't need to draw the microscopic details of the gaze to ensure expressiveness, and they also knew how to do it when it was appropriate. I would like to say, finally, that these pages allow divergence among artists, creating a wonderful fertile ground for their manifestation. And then the question arises about illustration as a visual act of only representing what is written. Here it's something else. It's creative freedom and opinion, autonomy to combine, to question and even, as they do here, to synthesize something entirely new.”

- Danny Martins

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