Your place at the table was empty. Somebody came to tell us
you wouldn’t be back, no one can be back from so far.
And since then our wounds are as deep
as your silence, our visits only feel welcoming
at other tables. The rug remains shriveled
underneath your chair just as you left it.
It will probably stay so forever.
Maria do Rosário Pedreira’s poetry has been, since her very first book, ‘A Casa e o Cheiro dos Livros' (The House and the Smell of Books), a musically melancholy writing, infused in a unhurried tune of harsh beauty in which, like the wind in the cypresses, the feelings of loneliness and forsakenness blow, together with a lyricism embroidered by a sort of needle of time guided by distance and memory.
Maria do Rosário Pedreira was born in Lisbon. She has a degree in Modern Languages and Literatures and has worked in publishing since 1987 - her brief includes the discovery of writers of new literary fiction in Portugal. She has also written a novel and two series of books for young people which were both adapted for television. All her poetry books are now collected in one volume published in 2012.
Poetry books since 2000:
O Canto do Vento nos Ciprestes (2001), Nenhum nome depois (2004), Poesia Reunida (2012)