- Category: PA 2006
EDUARDO WHITE was born in 1963 in Qualimane in the province of Zambézia, Mozambique. Eduardo was a founding member of the literary journal Charrua and is a member of Associação de Escritores Moçambicanos. His writings have won several prizes, including being awarded Mozambican literary figure of 2001. An innovator, he has experimented in each of his published volumes of poetry, whether in form, in subject matter or in spatial arrangement. However, two characteristics remain consistent throughout his corpus: the topic of love, and the linkage he establishes between poems within a volume. These are not long poems but rather a series of poems that are usually connected by subject. The poems that appear in O país de mim (AEMO, 1990) – for which he won the Gazeta Poetry Prize sponsored by the magazine Tempo – form a chronological sequence that celebrates love in its various manifestations over a lifetime, even surprisingly, extending beyond death into the afterlife. We follow the deceased lovers’ thoughts and actions in their changed condition as they anticipate and then enjoy the visits of their children and grandchildren to their gravesite. Eduardo has published eight collections of poetry and won the Mozambican National Poetry Prize in 1992, as well as the Consagrao Rui de Noronha’ Literary Prize in 2002. His last collection is titled As Falas do Escorpiao (Fundacao Universitaria, 2002).