Saying the World reflects Peter Pereira’s experience as a physician to the urban poor—including refugees, immigrants, and the elderly—at High Point Community Clinic in Seattle. The poems also explore his complex background, including a sister’s death, family relationships, and life as a childless gay man.
In honoring Peter Pereira with the Hayden Carruth Award, Gregory Orr and Sam Hamill wrote: “Pereira has a magic touch like that of William Carlos Williams: the ability to be a doctor and poet simultaneously, and to make it all so simply, deeply and translucently human that the poems seem absolutely inevitable.”
Take care, we say to one another,
on parting, as if the cargo
we carried were fragile
bottle of nitro, crystal
blue robin’s egg, last ampule
of the healing serum.
“Saying the World is a heart-wrenching but lovely collection that describes three worlds of Dr. Peter Pereira: the world of medical professionals amid the urban poor, the world of childhood and the loss of a younger sister, and the world of a contemporary gay man living in the Northwest. A moving and thoughtful book, Saying the World rewards the reader with insights into the precariousness and astounding wonder of each human life.” —New Pages