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Saying the world

Author: Peter Pereira; Bemis/Flaherty Collection of Gay Poetry.
Publisher: Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2003] ©2003
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Peter Pereira is at the forefront of a national movement of medical practitioners who utilize literature as a part of their training. "Saying the World" arises from his practice as a family physician serving the urban poor, as well as his experience as a childless gay man.
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pereira, Peter, 1959-
Saying the world.
Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, ©2003
(OCoLC)607057611
Online version:
Pereira, Peter, 1959-
Saying the world.
Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, ©2003
(OCoLC)608560893
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Pereira; Bemis/Flaherty Collection of Gay Poetry.
ISBN: 1556591977 9781556591976
OCLC Number: 52092815
Awards: Winner of the 2002 Hayden Carruth Award.
Description: viii, 78 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Nosophilia --
I. Fetus Papyraceous --
Intern --
First Crash Cesarean --
Baby Made of Flowers --
Hydrocephalic --
Her Name Is Rose --
Murmur --
The Wages of Mercy --
Labyrinthitis --
Litany --
What Is Lost --
A Hole in the Web --
What Matters --
Breath --
Dans le Palais Nostalgique --
Take Care --
II. Chambered Nautilus --
Echolalia --
The Boy Who Played with Dolls --
Kafka's Grave --
Black Narcissus --
Suite for a Sister --
Vincent --
Hiking to Tsagaglalal Petroglyph, Thinking of Guy Anderson at 90 --
Winterbloom --
Melancholia --
III. Window Seat --
Learning to Two-Step --
The Birth of Flowers --
Senseless Beauty --
Shadow and Spirit --
Loft Bedroom, Tranquility Cottage, Orcas Island --
In August, My Sister --
Waiting for Sophocles --
Pas de Deux --
Lost --
Winter Stripping --
The Winepress --
Double Magnolia --
April Elms --
Peaches --
A Pot of Red Lentils --
Giving Way --
Coming Home Late --
The Late Rose --
Putting the Garden to Rest --
Saying the World.
Responsibility: Peter Pereira.
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Abstract:

Peter Pereira is at the forefront of a national movement of medical practitioners who utilize literature as a part of their training. "Saying the World" arises from his practice as a family physician serving the urban poor, as well as his experience as a childless gay man.

Selected from over one thousand entries in the Hayden Carruth Award, judges Gregory Orr and Sam Hamill cited Pereira's work as "full of stunning poems" and noted that Pereira "has the magic touch that William Carlos Williams had--the ability to be doctor and poet simultaneously, and to make it all so simply, deeply, and translucently human that the poems seem inevitable."

From "First Crash Cesarean"

"Hold it like a wand," you say as I guide the blade across shaved skin, into layers of yellow fat and fascia stained crimson. With gloved fingers we tug at the wound's gaping edges until we've exposed the bulging uterus, round and smooth as a giant D'Anjou pear. Only minutes ago, I wrote the words "fetal distress" and panting she signed consent to open her belly.Now I imagine her baby is like Houdini jacketed inside a treasure chest five fathoms down, mouth gagged, lungs bursting, time running out . . .

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