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Saying the World
Peter Pereira
$14.00 paperback
1-55659-197-7
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Saying the World
Peter Pereira

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."

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2002 Hayden Carruth Award Winner

2004 Finalist PEN Center USA Literary Award in Poetry

Lambda Literary Award

Triangle Publishing Award

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"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

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