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2018: A Celebration of Fernando Pessoa

Recorded At: Recorded On: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Join poets Patricio Ferrari, John Keene, Mónica de la Torre, and Vijay Seshadri for a re-examination of Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), the seminal Portuguese poet who wrote in the guise of a myriad of personae with distinct biographies and aesthetics. Upon the release of a new translation of The Book of Disquiet—his fragmentary “factless autobiography”—panelists discuss Pessoa’s inventive rejection of a singular authentic authorial voice and its legacy for contemporary poetry. Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier.
(Full audio, approx. 1hr 50 mins)