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Sheep's Vigil by a Fervent Person

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A temporary move to Toronto in the winter of 2000, a twisted ankle, an empty house -- all inspired Moure as she read Alberto Caeiro/Fernando Pessoa's classic long poem O Guardador de Rebanhos. For fun, she started to translate, altering tones and vocabularies. From the Portuguese countryside and roaming sheep of 1914, a 21st century Toronto emerged, its neighbourhoods stil ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by House of Anansi Press
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mwpm mwpm
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
At sunset, bending out the window
Knowing, sidelong, fields in the avenues
My eyes burn anyhow bu I don't care, I'm still reading
that Book by Erin Mouré.

How she makes me ache! She was a creek's companion
lost south of St. Clair, a walking prisoner in the city's freedom.
But the way she saw houses,
And the way she stopped short to look in the avenues,
And gave herself to things, in the same way
You'd gaze at trees,
And lift eyes down Vaughan Road to see where you're headed,
And notice small crocuses pulse
...more
Stephen Wong
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of several reasons I have long wanted to learn Portuguese is Fernando Pessoa, this time in one of his many heteronyms as Alberto Caeiro. (The other reasons: fado, forró.) On this particular outing with Portuguese, it was from yet another filmic reference in Manoel de Oliveira's Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura [Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl] (2009) [an earlier encounter being from a Quebec film]. Which brought me then to Erín Moure's Toronto-anchored adaptive translation into En ...more
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May 23, 2011 added it
I'm very reluctant to "rate" books of poetry as I am really not qualified to do more than say whether I liked it or not! Did I like this book of poetry? Yes. "Things are things and have no meaning" is the central theme of this, I'd say, and quite a feat to convey that in a book of poetry!
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May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Interesting. I won this book so didn't really realize what it was until I started digging in . I thought it was an actual translation. THis was much better...
MEGAN C
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Incredibly clever and fun.
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