Book Launch: 28 Portuguese Poets | A bilingual anthology
Wednesday 28 January
All are welcome to attend the book launch of 28 Portuguese Poets, a bilingual anthology, edited and Introduced by Richard Zenith (Dedalus Press, 2015).
Portuguese poetry of the last 100 years has much in common with Irish poetry of the same period in that each is dominated by a towering figure in whose shadow successive generations sometimes struggle to be seen. Where Yeats is generally acknowledged as the Irish poet, Fernando Pessoa may be seen as his Portuguese counterpart, his reputation increased and complicated by his ‘heteronyms’ or distinct identities under which he also wrote.
Edited and Introduced by Richard Zenith, with English translations by Zenith and Alexis Levitin, this groundbreaking bilingual anthology introduces the work of 28 Portuguese poets (beginning with Fernando Pessoa and his ‘heteronyms’) and takes us right up to today, revealing a richly varied body of verse that is, in part, what the Irish-Portuguese poet Alexandre O’Neill calls 'a discussion with myself'.
To mark the occasion of the book’s publication, the Embassy of Portugal in Dublin has brought over editor Richard Zenith and two of the contributing poets, Margarida Vale do Gato and Daniel Jonas. Editor and poets will read from and discuss the book and are happy to engage in discussion with the audience.
About the editor
Richard Zenith (b. 1956, Washington, D.C.) is an American-Portuguese writer and translator, winner of the Pessoa Award in 2012. His translations of Fernando Pessoa and of contemporary Portuguese poets in general are greatly admired and widely published.