Review by Robert Cope, Melbourne, Australia
The title precisely depicts its Brazilian author's soul and substance, Welcome to My Heart. Whereas titles are usually purposely vague -Alone, Poe; Dreams, Hughes; If, Kipling; Still I Rise, Angelou Babel, Patti Smith, and so forth -Ms Re Ribeiro's verses immediately reveal from first line, like liquid star, poetic intent.
Lifted through sensual ecstasy in one verse, dropped, saddened, only to be rescued frequently by images accompanying most poems unafraid of her own emotions, reader may be reminded of a less punk, Patti Smith of 1970s.
Proud of her nation's literary creativity, a small surprise, is her inclusion of two poetic forms created in Brazil - Poetrix and Mindim.
Poetry being subject to taste it is difficult to say this almost 100 page book should be on everyone's shelf. Welcome to My Heart, however, is the sort of book, at bedside, where the words, in a short read, provide a basis for reflection about the human condition and a comfortable smile.
Even if in the author's second language, a delightful first book. Possibly a collector's first edition.
Robert Cope, retired American professor and occasional journalist, provides this review from his home in Australia. While at the University of Washington (1969-92) he frequently published book reviews, edited, and served on editorial boards. - All rights to Marcela Re Ribeiro 10 September 2013