Antonio Carlos Jobim

"Elis & Tom," Elis Regina and Antônio Carlos Jobim, 1974 album on Philips
“Elis & Tom,” Elis Regina and Antônio Carlos Jobim, 1974 album on Philips

I would love to have called him “Tom”,
because someplace in every song he wrote I heard my name,
but since he will not come to New York again,
and anyway would not recognize me
on the street wearing this poor translation,
I will try to know your name,
listening as lovers listen to Jobim,
forming my lips in the unfamiliar language.

From The Scheme of Things, David Robert Books, 2015

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