Neeme Põder

Neeme Põder (born 29 September 1976) is an educator, poet and translator.

Põder was born in Tallinn. He completed Lasnamäe Gymnasium in Tallinn in 1994. He has studied Estonian language and literature at Tallinn Pedagogical University (later Tallinn University). Since 2000, Neeme Põder has worked as a teacher of Estonian language and literature at Tallinn Old Town Educational College. His mother is singer and actor Mare Jõgeva. His father was prose writer and chief editor of Eesti Raamat publishers Rein Põder. Neeme Põder has also worked as an editor of fiction.

From 1998–2000, Põder belonged to the young writers’ grouping Tallinna Noored Tegijad (TNT, Young Doers of Tallinn). The members of the grouping performed at numerous poetry recitals and published their creation in print. In 1999, Neeme Põder, under the pseudonym of Monaco, issued the self-published debut poetry collection Hingetõmme (‘Gasp of Breath’).  In 2002, three former members of the grouping — Neeme Põder, Hedda Maurer and Jana Lepik — founded the new literary grouping !peatus. Under the publishing imprint of !peatus, Põder issued the collection Baile Átha Cliath in 2002 (published again in an edited form in 2005).

In 2007, Eesti Raamat published Neeme Põder’s poetry collection Kaktuste puiestee (‘Boulevard of Cacti). In 2013, the same publisher issued the poetry collection Aken sinisesse (‘Window into the Blue’). Põder’s poems are mostly short and unrhymed, being based on descriptive and hermetic metaphors. Sometimes, Põder uses the poetic word order and breaks the rules of agreement. Tenser developments of images are are interchanged with more static ones.

L. P. (Translated by I. A.)

Books in Estonian

Baile Átha Cliath. Tallinn: !peatus, 2005. 46 lk.
Kaktuste puiestee. Tallinn: Eesti Raamat, 2007. 95 lk.
Aken sinisesse. Tallinn: Eesti Raamat, 2013. 79 lk.