An Ordinary Man

An Ordinary Man

Ferreira Gullar & Leland Guyer


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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. 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.

Leland Guyer specializes in 20th century Portuguese and Brazilian literature. In 1990, he published the first full-length translation of Ferreira Gullar's 'Poema Sujo' [Dirty Poem], generally regarded to be one of the most important works of poetry to have been written in Latin America in this century and has since been working on the Gullar anthology An Ordinary Man, published in this e-book. 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. Guyer is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, where he has been teaching since 1983.