POEMS THAT HELP ME FEEL ALIVE is Leide Moreira’s second book. Leide is a special kind of poet who constructs her poems through the movement of her eyeballs. The printed version of this book was released November 2008 in the Jornal Folha de São Paulo Auditorium with the author’s presence who, due to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis attended lying on a gurney which was transported by an ICU ambulance and accompanying crew.
Leide Moreira can move only her eyeballs and through them constructs moving and remarkable poetry.
POEMS THAT HELP ME FEEL ALIVE contains 60 poems which Leide Moreira wrote with her eyeball movement and a Visual Chart handled by her aides.
Her poems allow for her to reflect on life and represent a unique and pioneering manner in which to participate, exercise her citizenry and make a contribution to society and social inclusion.
Besides the quality of the poems she constructs, Leide’s story coupled with her attitude in face of life represent extreme examples of overcoming one’s limitations, motivating and generating inspiration and has had a relevant social impact. As stated by congresswoman Mara Gabrilli “... independent of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, her poems are much more far-reaching, they are able to help people with problems as different as deafness to those with problems in their marriage.”