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What's Written on the Body by Peter Pereira
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Nov 30, 09

bookshelves: poetry-books
Read in November, 2009

I've read poetry by nurses, but outside of William Carlos Williams, I don't think that I have read a lot of verse by a doctor, so I was pleased to find Peter Pereira's book, What's Written on the Body. Pereira doesn't dedicate his whole book to the world of medicine -- he has some wonderful poems about wordplay and nature -- but my favorite poems are the stories taken right out of the hospital. In Pereira's words, people are more than mere patients, sickness is more than just something that needs to be cured, wounds are more than cuts waiting for stitches. This collection is Pereira's third book -- I'm on the lookout for his first two.
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