A junction of blood and passion, / ardor and damnation.
There was nothing comic about this
Monster of this, / monster if that.
where daylight lingers into long hours
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore on Steph Burt’s Advice from the Lights
In our near nothingness the music resonates
resurrection is a myth / and thus not false
Sugared be the beet, the red ant, / the spiked border
I mistook tragedy / for a verb and ran with it.
On August 29th, New Directions will publish the first complete, chronological English translation of Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet. In celebration of this event, we’re featuring three excerpts from Pessoa’s book, as well as an interview with translator Margaret Jull Costa and an essay on the book’s publication.