Cristiane Sobral was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1974. Primarily known as a playwright, she is the author of three books of poetry, including Nāo Vou Mais Lavar os Pratos (Editora Thesaurus, 2010). A member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, she received the 2017 FAC Prize for Afro-Brazilian Culture. She lives in Brasília, Brazil.
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Translated from Portuguese by John Keene I am a black renegade I refuse the mirror daily Which tries to massacre me inside Which tries to deceive me with white lies Which tries to discolor me with its rays of light I am a black renegade Determined to face the system I drum up the black without a hitch I bum-rush the stage I am a black renegade I advocate a necessary darkening I unmask any racists in the closet I shove my foot in the door and walk in