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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.

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 . . .

Peter Pereira is a family physician in Seattle and currently provides primary care to an urban poor population, including refugees, immigrants, and the elderly. He is the winner of a "Discovery"/The Nation Award, and his poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including JAMA, Poetry, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and in the anthology To Come to Light: Perspectives on Chronic Illness in Modern Literature.

Synopsis:

Winner of the Hayden Carruth Award by a doctor-poet who draws inspiration from his inner-city medical practice.

Synopsis:

Winner of the Hayden Carruth Award by a doctor-poet who draws inspiration from his inner-city medical practice.

Synopsis:

Poetry. Gay/Lesbian Studies. 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 "had 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."

About the Author

Peter Pereira, winner of the Hayden Carruth Award and a â“Discovery”/The Nation Award, is a family physician in Seattle. He currently provides primary care to an urban poor population, including refugees, immigrants, and elderly. Many of his poems arise from his clinical practice, and have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including JAMA, Poetry, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as the anthology To Come to Light: Perspectives on Chronic Illness in Modern Literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556591976
Author:
Pereira, Peter
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Location:
Port Townsend, Wash.
Subject:
Medicine
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Physicians
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
vol. 4, no. 3.
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Winner of the Hayden Carruth Award by a doctor-poet who draws inspiration from his inner-city medical practice.
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the Hayden Carruth Award by a doctor-poet who draws inspiration from his inner-city medical practice.
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. Gay/Lesbian Studies. 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 "had 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."
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