Fernando Pessoa Turns 125: Pessoa is Dead, Long Live Pessoa!…

On June 13th 1888, the most important contemporary Portuguese poet was born in Lisbon: Fernando Pessoa. Pessoa was not a mere poet; he became multiple poets by “inventing” alter-egos (his famous “heteronyms”) who had their own biographies and poetic styles. For instance, while Ricardo Reis (born in Oporto, 1887) had an intellectual almost fatalistic approach to life and poetry, Alvaro de Campos (Tavira, 1890) had different poetic phases, varying from extreme vitalism to a decadent melancholia. Other famous heteronyms are Alberto Caeiro (the master of most of the heteronyms), António Mora, Bernardo Soares, and Fernando Pessoa himself.

I don’t remember when I discovered Fernando Pessoa’s poetry. But what I do remember is that by 2003 Ricardo Reis was already my favorite heteronym. I remember this because I used to call one of the most special friends I have ever had “Lidia” (in English, “Lydia”), one of the women Ricardo Reis addresses to in his poems:

lidia as(This is Ángela, aka Lidia. Lima, 2008)

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Pure-Ecstasy Combo…

Traveling is one of my major passions. When you add photography to travelling, the mixture becomes joy. And when you add soccer to the previous combo, that’s pure ecstasy. One year ago, I had the opportunity to experience this pure ecstasy when I traveled to Warsaw, Poland to visit one of craziest people in the world and attended some public screenings of the Soccer Euro Cup!

DSCN0370(This is Lidia, one of my favorite people in the world, posing with the Polish flag and showing her disapproval to a controversial documentary on violence and racism in Poland and Ukraine broadcasted by BBC)

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