It is a pleasure to welcome one of the new young voices of Portuguese poetry. Rui Lage’s poetry is markedly musical and the frequent use of internal rhymes reinforces the existent strength of its thematic lines, as well as the presence of personal cosmogony. The contemporariness of the media, certain social concerns, religion and science inform Rui Lage’s poems – a constraint-free expressionistic poetry, attentive to the most unsuspected detail and to tradition.
João Luís Barreto Guimarães
Rui Lage was born in Porto, where he went to university and obtained a PhD, in the area of Romance Languages and Cultures – Portuguese Literature, about the elegy in the 20th and 21rst centuries. He worked as a literary critic and editor of several publications, a dramatist, a teacher, and a translator, besides being a poet. He is currently a Portuguese Member of Parliament and a member of Porto’s City Council.
Poetry books since 2000: Antigo e Primeiro (2002), Berçário (2004), Revólver (2006), Corvo (2008), Um Arraial Português (2011), Manuel António Pina (2016), Estrada Nacional (2016), Firmamento (2022).