Lois Pereiro

Category: Writer
Birth Date: 1958 (†A Coruña, 1996)
Birth Place: Monforte de Lemos (Lugo)

 He moved to Madrid when he was seventeen to study Political Sciences but he gave up to study computing and languages. In Madrid he started his literary career in Loia together with a group of Galician university students such as Antón Patiño, Menchu Lamas, Manuel Rivas, Xosé Manuel Pereiro, Fermín Bouza and Vicente Araguas. In this magazine (there were only four issues, the last one in 1978), some of his poems where published as well as “Modesta proposición para renunciar a facer xirar a rida hidráulica dunha cíclica historia universal da infamia”, an essay that had become known in Luzes de Galiza.
When he returned to Galicia, he formed part of Amor e Desamor. This group published two books with the same title. Pereiro appears in the collective anthologies De amor e desamor (1984) and De amor e desamor II (1985) together with Pilar Pallarés, Miguel Anxo Fernán-Vello, Manuel Rivas, Xavier Seoane, Francisco Salinas, Xulio Valcárcel, Lino Braxe and other poets.
Pereiro was also included in "Después de la modernidad" (1987). Luis Alberto de Cuenca, Bernardo Atxaga, Felipe Benítez and Pedro Casariego were also included in this anthology. In Galicia, Lois Pereiro combines his job as a translator with his poetical activity and contributed to the development of several collective anthologies.
Although he published poems and articles in several cultural magazines, it was not until 1991 that the first of his only two works, published while he was alive, came out: Poemas 1981/1991 (1992). "Poesía última de amor e enfermidade" was published three years later. Both poetry books are hard works with evident expressionist marks and references to German literature.

 Work & Activities

1992: Poemas: 1981-1991, Edicións Positivas, S.L.
1995: Poesía última de amor e enfermidade (1992-1995), Edicións Positivas, S.L.
1997: Poemas para unha loia, Espiral Maior.

 Other Interesting Aspects

Méndez Ferrín, president of the Galician Academy presented Lois Pereiro, who was honoured on the Day of Galician Letters 2011, in this way: ‘He constitutes a line of vital intensity and contemporary shapes. As Manuel Rivas says, he is similar to Manuel Antonio in the 20’s’. Manuel Rivas also said: ‘Lois is a contemporary myth. His work is avant-garde, universal and also dramatic but with a great spirit. Lois Pereiro calls on the good spirits, wonders, defiance and generosity”.
The Galician Academy emphasizes the collaborations of Lois Pereiro and remembered his contribution to Radio Océano and his scripts for TV. The Galician Academy also points out that Pereiro cultivated an image and aesthetics that made him a cult poet and described like nobody the labyrinth of the contemporary world, harmonizing sceptical individualism with the overwhelming tradition of Central European expressionism. The Galician Academy understands that his artistic proposal was acceptable in the emerging sensitivity submerged in postmodernism and anxious to find a thoughtful and pressing speech. He demanded the commitment with his work, the subject matter and the contemporary character.
This is a paragraph of one of his famous poems which served as an epitaph in his tomb which is an example of the crudeness of his poetry:
“Escupidme cuando paséis por delante del lugar donde yo repose, enviándome un húmedo mensaje de vida y de furia necesaria".