Two paths crossed the pine wood,
astonishingly precise directions, animals
I never saw again. While the crops
were ripening on the fields, there were charms
hanging from the trees and quick-silver to treat
certain ailments, a vital piece of equipment.
There were sunflowers surrounding the house and the scarecrows
everlasting words preventing me
from going mad. And there was a wall
which had to be jumped over, and the glorious morning
of the climb, the science of the great migrations.
Vítor Nogueira’s poetry presents an extraordinary assurance in rhythm and vocabulary which, together with an intelligent assembling of his idea of a book (as a cohesive and minutely sequenced unit), leads to the assertion that he can be envisaged as one of the most important poets of his generation.
Vítor Nogueira was born in Vila Real, a town in the northeast of Portugal, where he still lives and works in cultural management.
Poetry books since 2000:
Senhor Gouveia (2006), Bagagem de mão (2007), Comércio tradicional (2008), Mar largo (2009), Quem diremos nós que viva? (2010), Este é o meu Corpo, antologia de poemas sobre o pão (2013)