João Luís Barreto Guimarães

João Luís Barreto Guimarães was born in Porto, Portugal where he graduated in medicine. He is a breast reconstructive plastic surgeon and author of nine poetry books, including his first seven books collected in Poesia Reunida (Collected Poetry, Quetzal, Lisbon, 2011), and the subsequent Você Está Aqui (You Are Here, Quetzal, Lisbon, 2013), and Mediterrâneo (Mediterranean, Quetzal, Lisbon, 2016). He is also a chronicler and a translator, mainly for his blog Poesia & Lda (Ilimited Poetry).


Confession to Hippocrates of Kos by João Luís Barreto Guimarães, translated by Calvin Olsen

    I’m reminded of that time I treated a carpenter. On the operating table nothing too extraordinary— anyone who saw us working (my colleague and myself) would say the technical dance unfolded in perfection (the fingers on the sick hand so many times mistreated: there were more of them […]


The Efficacy of the Light by João Luís Barreto Guimarães, translated by Calvin Olsen

    The cats in Ano Mera if they were religious would be orthodox Christians. They are the first icons to receive us upon entering (one of them more delicate dressed in gray and white: due to so much coat licking she’s almost erased her stripes). Strangers in this monastery […]