Saturday, 9 March 2013

María Eugenia Vaz Ferreira

Catherine Chandler files a fascinating entry on one of the most underrated figures of Uruguayan poetry, María Eugenia Vaz Ferreira (you'll find one of her poems here). Loved this bit:
In the summer of 1914, during an air show organized by the National Aviation Centre, a fun-loving and daring María Eugenia became the first Uruguayan woman to board an airplane, flying over the Hippodrome in a military-type Dupperdussin piloted by the Englishman John Barron, who safely crash-landed later that day. A diehard practical joker with huge black velvety eyes, a rich contralto recitation voice and an infectious, hearty laugh, María Eugenia was known to disconcert friends and acquaintances by wearing two different shoes or torn dresses either buttoned incorrectly or held together with pins, in order to make a statement that clothes don’t make the man (or woman).

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