André has been alive for 19 years and he enjoys writing bios in third-person. He began writing at the age of 15, when he first discovered the lyrics and sounds of The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and The Velvet Underground. He found those so beautiful he decided he wanted to become a poet too. And so he hit the road.
Seventeen, he got 50 poems published in a book he called 'Poesia Nua' («Naked Poetry» in english), published by Corpos Editora. After that, he spent two years living and writing, watching his words change their tone and growing bolder.
During his first year in college, he started reading Bukowski and, like Chinaski in the novel 'Post-Office', he decided to write a novel too. And that's what he did!
I can't tell you much more about this guy. He believes life is as simple as you want it to be. To André, it's all about the little things.
How do you write? In longhand, on the typewriter or on the computer?
I write on the computer. I prefer the computer to longhand for two reasons:
1) I'm lazy when it comes to physical work. 2) I write better, faster and I can edit as fast as a gazelle on a computer. 3) I can't draw letters in an eligeble way.
I prefer the night time for writing, especially if I need to write poetry. I also like to write with music on. Actually, I use music to do everything. It keeps me concentrated and helps writing with rythm. Right now, I'm listening a lot of The Ink Spots for my upcoming novel, 'Days Of Youth'. I love those guys and the way they sing. It just keeps me going.
Do you revise a lot?
Yes, sure. Poetry is an artform. It's like a painting. Like sculpting. It takes days, weeks, years sometimes, to finish a good poem. Sometimes, it just takes a few minutes.
Some poets don't need to rewrite much to get there message out there. Me, however... let's just say that not everything that pops out of my head turns to gold.
O primeiro ensaio poético de André Fernandes revisitado. Publicado pela primeira vez em 2012, "Poesia Nua" alberga as primeiras notas poéticas de um jovem de dezassete anos fortemente inspirado pelas imagens e sons de Jim Morrison, de Jimi Hendrix e de Lou Reed.
A collection of seventeen intense poems that dance around the lightness and darkness of the human nature and the essence of dreams. Behind the simple verses lies a poetry that will echo throughout your body, mind and soul.