This Homeless Brazilian Poet's Life Takes An Amazing Turn

Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho spent 35 years on the Sao Paulo streets, churning out gripping poetry. Then his life suddenly changed.

"Hope is the heaviest weight a man can carry."

Knowing a homeless man wrote these words makes them all the more poignant. Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho was living on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he was known to the locals as the man who would sit and write feverishly every day.

For 35 years, this went on. Sobrinho carried hope: hope that he'd get off of the streets, hope that his life would improve and hope that his poetry could be published.

When Sobrinho connected with Shalla Monteiro, it looked like his publishing dreams could finally come true. Then something so much more wonderful and unexpected happened. 

In Sobrinho's own words, "Damned is the man who abandons himself."


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