Category Archives: Mondays with Pessoa

Monday with Pessoa: Bernardo Alone

Sadly I write in my quiet room, alone as I have always been, alone as I will always be. * we, the self-aware actors, are also our own spectators, our own gods…. – Fernando Pessoa as Bernardo Soares, The Book of … Continue reading

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Monday with Pessoa (and Stevens and Rilke)

No matter how much we take off what we wear, we’ll never reach nakedness, which is a phenomenon of the soul and not of removing clothes. —Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet, p 221 It has always been my particular madness … Continue reading

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Monday with Pessoa: a pebble

I do not intend to dwell on the problem of anteriority…. it is worth noting that the transition [from animal to man] seems to have occurred all at once…. The operation may have taken centuries…. we will never be able … Continue reading

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Monday with Pessoa: the fiction follows me

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Monday with Pessoa: Disquiet

There are sores which slowly erode the mind like a canker —Sadegh Hedayat The slobber of idiot Destiny, dripping on my soul’s consciousness —Bernardo Soares [p 160] There is no doubt that I’m being unfair to Bernardo Soares.

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Monday with Pessoa: I, I, I

Countless Lives Inhabit Us by Fernando Pessoa, as Ricardo Reis And then there’s this stanza, from Pessoa’s I Don’t Know How Many Souls I Have: Attentive to what I am and see, I become them and stop being I. Each of … Continue reading

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Monday with Pessoa: In a Nutshell

One day last week I was searching for a passage from The Book of Disquiet. I combed each page, several times, paying particular attention to my marks. It had to be somewhere, just the right combination of words that summed … Continue reading

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