João Luís Barreto Guimarães is a poet who claims for himself an ethnographer’s image. There is an idea of urbanity in his poetry – both metropolitan and peripheral – and an idea of everyday life – his daily life as a doctor peeks out of each line in the manner of William Carlos Williams. His are ways that inflict on the ‘common places’ a disconcerting lyrical sabotage (which is also ironical) that has no parallel in the most recent Portuguese poetry.’
João Luís Barreto Guimarães is a plastic surgeon and lives in Leça da Palmeira, north of Porto.
Poetry books since 2000: Lugares Comuns (2000), 3 (Poesia 1987-1994) (2001), Rés-do-Chão (2003), Luz Última (2006), A Parte pelo Todo (2009), Poesia Reunida (2011), Você está aqui (2013), Mediterrâneo (2016), Nómada (2018), O tempo avança por sílabas (2019), Movimento (2020), Aberto todos os dias (2023), Poesia Reunida (2023).