An Ordinary Man

An Ordinary Man is an anthology of poems written by Ferreira Gullar, compiled and translated by Leland Guyer—a project that began more than twenty-five years ago. It includes an introductory essay by Marguerite Itamar Harrison. The hardcover limited edition of Gullar’s epic and long out-of-print “Poema sujo” [Dirty Poem], was originally published in English by Guyer in 1990. Until now, this work had remained relatively unknown in the United States.

This e-book includes the full version and translation of “Poema sujo” and other poems from Gullar’s oeuvre dating from 1950 to 1999. In addition, this book contains audio recordings of poems read by Leland Guyer in Portuguese.

An Ordinary Man is also included in the Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros’ digital edition of Ferreira Gullar in conversation with/en conversación con Ariel Jiménez.

About the authors:

Ferreira Gullar was born in 1930 in São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil. His poetic production has been closely intertwined with his work as an art critic. From his first major collection of poems, published in 1954, to his Concrete and Neoconcrete work, published from 1957 to 1959, Gullar’s writings are essential to the history of Brazilian and Latin American literature, deeply influencing generations of artists.

Leland Guyer is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, where he has been teaching since 1983. He specializes in 20th century Portuguese and Brazilian literature. His current research and writing interests include the theory and practice of literary translation, a Spanish-English dictionary, the roles of technology in language learning, hypertext and hypermedia, and the travel literature of Iberia and Ibero-America.

Marguerite Itamar Harrison is Associate Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Smith College. Her work on contemporary Brazilian fiction and visual culture has appeared in numerous publications and she is currently researching the work of Brazilian women filmmakers and visual artists.