Alberto de Lacerda (Island of Mozambique, 1928 – London, 2007) was a distinguished Portuguese poet. This site evokes his life, poetry, cultural interests, and friendships. It includes publications, a sampling of his published and unpublished poetry, and a small selection of photographs and works of art from his collection. This website is a work in progress. Its purpose is to introduce you to the poet Alberto de Lacerda: his life, his work, his world of special interests and personal friendships.
About Alberto de Lacerda
Alberto de Lacerda was a precocious talent. He started publishing in his teens and before he was 20 he had his first book accepted by Fernando Pessoa’s publisher. Throughout his life he gained the admiration of celebrated international literary figures and was received in the best cultural circles of his time. Professional engagements that took him out of his beloved London, returned him forgotten and embittered to a cluttered and disorderly apartment where he was found in a coma. He died in Brompton Hospital, in August of 2007. In spite of his persistent lack of funds, he managed to assemble a remarkable collection of books, manuscripts, musical recordings, photographs, and works of art. In his own often repeated words, he lived for “friendship and things of the spirit.”
The art critic John McEwen’s obituary of Alberto de Lacerda Acclaimed poet, artist and critic appears in the 4 September 2007 Independent.
The Portuguese poet Luís Amorim de Sousa, who inherited Alberto’s estate, wrote an obituary of Alberto de Lacerda that appears in Times Online on 27 September 2007.
The Portuguese poet and critic Eduardo Pitta wrote an obituary of Alberto de Lacerda for the Portuguese newspaper Público on 28 August 2007.
The prize-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri was one of Alberto’s favourite students at Boston University. Her article Closing the Circle about Alberto de Lacerda was originally published by Poetry magazine on 2 January 2008.
Disquiet International, an International Literary Program held annually in Lisbon since 2011, is dedicated to the memory of Alberto de Lacerda.
Scott Laughlin, one of the co-founders of Disquiet International, describes his friendship with Alberto de Lacerda in an article entitled The Strange Question of Alberto de Lacerda, which appeared in Issue 25 of Post Road Magazine in 2014.
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