Sheep's Vigil by a Fervent Person
A temporary move to Toronto in the winter of 2000, a twisted ankle, an empty house all inspired Mour as she read Alberto Caeiro and 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 neighborhoods still echoing the 1950s, their dips and hollows, hordes of wild cats, paved creeks. Her poem became a translation, the jubilant and irrepressible vigil of a fervent person. "Suddenly," says Mour impishly, "I had found my master." Caeiro's sheep were his thoughts and his thoughts, he claimed, were all sensations. Mour's sheep are stray cats and from her place in Caeiro's poetry, she creates a woman alive in an urban world where the rural has not vanished, where the archaic suffuses us even when we do not beckon it, and yet the present tense floods us fully. In this ecstatic long poem of hope and creeks and cats and rain, Sheep's Vigil by a Fervent Person catches Governor General's Award-winner Erin Mour at her most playful and ingenuous and wearing her Galician name.
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- Erin Moure
- Paperback | 144 pages
- 139 x 216 x 10.41mm | 204.12g
- Publication date
- 01 Apr 2001
- House of Anansi Press Ltd ,Canada
- Publication City/Country
- Concord, Canada
- Bilingual edition
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