Priidu Beier

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Priidu Beier (born October 16, 1957 in Tartu , pseudonyms Matti Moguči , Pierre Bezuhhov , Ada Piirlup , Kersti Maarler ) is an Estonian poet .


Priidu Beier attended various schools in southern Estonia from 1965 to 1976 and completed a history degree at the University of Tartu from 1976 to 1983 . From 1984 to 1991 he was employed at the Tartu Art Museum, after which he was a teacher at various schools. At the same time he was active in the journalistic field and from 1992 to 1994 culture editor at Postimees . Since 1994 he has been a teacher of art, philosophy and history at the Hugo-Treffner-Gymnasium in Tartu.

Beier has been a member of the Estonian Writers' Union since 1989 .


Priidu Beier made his debut in 1976 with poems in the magazine Sirp ja Vasar and took part in anthologies in which young authors were introduced. However, his first volume of poetry did not appear until 1986, after the author was previously offended by the censors several times . This made him a popular performer at poetry evenings in the 1970s and 1980s, who has also been referred to as an “underground poet”.

After his debut, other volumes of poetry soon followed, some of them using the pseudonym Matti Moguči . Behind this, however, was not only Priidu Beier, but also the Tartu art collector Matti Milius (1945-2015), who often read the poems, for which he was rewarded with 5 rubles by Beier. The poet Doris Kareva provided for the pseudonym, which is the name of a riding horse in Leo Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina .

Beier's poems are obscene in places and refer to the politics of the day. In general, a certain inappropriateness can be found in them, which means that they occupy a “special position apart from the mainstream Estonian poetry”.



  • Vastus [answer]. Eesti Raamat, Tallinn 1986.
  • Tulikiri [fire script ]. Eesti Raamat, Tallinn 1989.
  • as Matti Moguči : Õrn ja rõve. Kolmas kogu luulet [tender and coarse. Third collection of poems]. sn, Tartu 1989.
  • Mustil päevil [On black days]. Eesti Raamat, Tallinn 1991.
  • Femme fatale . Huma, [Tallinn] 1997.
  • as Matti Moguči : Mina - Eiffeli torn [I - the Eiffel Tower]. sn, Tartu 1999 (1982).
  • Maavalla keiser ehk Kurb klounaad [The Emperor of the Rural Congregation or Sad Clowning]. sn, Tartu 2000.
  • Monaco . s. l., Tartu 2002.
  • as Matti Moguči : Mina - metsikuim mehike [I - the wildest little man]. sn, Tartu 2005 (1984).
  • Saatmata kirjad. Luuletusi aastatest 1976-2000 [Letters not sent. Poems from the years 1976–2000]. Verb, [Tallinn] 2007.

Secondary literature

  • Jaak Urmet: Paralyzed legendist. In: Vikerkaar . 4/2000, pp. 81-90.
  • Vaapo Vaher: Kaevates sulega hauda. Priidu Beier 47. In: Looming . 10/2004, pp. 1545-1554.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. In Viis tüdrukut ja kaheksa poissi . Perioodika, Tallinn 1977, and Noori autoreid . Eesti Raamat, Tallinn 1979.
  2. Cornelius Hasselblatt : History of Estonian Literature. From the beginning to the present. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin and New York 2006, pp. 647, 729-730.
  3. Eesti kirjanike leksikon. Koostanud Oskar Kruus yes Heino Puhvel. Eesti Raamat, Tallinn 2000, p. 55.
  4. Jaak Urmet: Paralyzed by the legendist. In: Vikerkaar. 4/2000, p. 81.
  5. Matti Moguči: Õrn ja rõve. Tartu 1989, p. 47.
  6. Cornelius Hasselblatt: History of Estonian Literature. From the beginning to the present. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin and New York 2006, p. 730.