Writing Alongside Eirin Moure & Fernando Pessoa
Together we’ll explore the work of the postmodern-before-his-time Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa, who, utilizing heteronyms (alter egos) to pen his texts, gives the lie to the notion that poetry is the simple act of being yourself on the page. We’ll tap our heteronyms, interact with Pessoa’s, and read Canadian poet Eirin Moure’s exuberant retranslation of heteronym Alberto Caeiro’s Keeper of Sheep. Weekly prompts, instructor feedback.
Texts: Pessoa & Co. Richard Zenith. Sheep’s Vigil by a Fervent Person. Eirin Moure.
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Deborah Woodard's first full-length collection, Plato's Bad Horse, appeared in 2006 (Bear Star Press). Her new collection, Borrowed Tales, was recently published by Stockport Flats.