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Literature & Fiction, World Literature, United States,
Book Description:A temporary move to Toronto in the winter of 2000, a twisted ankle, an empty houseâ€”all inspired MourĂ© 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 MourĂ© impishly, "I had found my master." Caeiro's sheep were his thoughts and his thoughts, he claimed, were all sensations. MourĂ©'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 MourĂ© at her most playful and ingenuousâ€”and wearing her Galician name.
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