Pereira, Sam. The Marriage of the Portuguese (Frank X. Gaspar, fwd
Tagus Press: UMass Dartmouth, (April) 2012.
Offering the dilemma of the hyphenated American, these poems speak from a place of beauty between two worlds, the old and the new
In this newly expanded edition of The Marriage of the Portuguese, first published in 1978, Sam Pereira encounters the world as it exists now, three decades later, and weaves poetry around his signature realization of sometimes painful, sometimes joyous experience. Often cynical and at times somewhat risqué, this is the work of a man who has lived fully those three additional decades and survived them handily, having learned to accept life’s uncertainties-indeed to embrace them-even as he recognizes that knowledge is at best fleeting.
In poems evocative of times past, The Marriage of the Portuguese is replete with images of seas both literal and metaphorical-the earth’s oceans and the troubled waters of the emotions. Throughout, he maintains the dignity his ancestors demanded, while intentionally courting risks that are inescapable. This is the work of someone fully experiencing what it means to be human in a society that continually threatens that humanity. Caught up in familial complexities inherent in being third-generation Portuguese in America, Pereira’s theme remains one of positive belief-even if not strictly the belief of his ancestors, nevertheless belief true to his rich Portuguese heritage
“From the haunting title poem to the hard-won wisdom of the concluding section, we see Pereira as a consummate word magician whose easy banter and fresh language constantly defy our expectation with deft leaps and risks.”-David Oliveira
“The poems, original and new, are fresh, timely, and subversive-noir adventures set in whiskey-light and bloodlust, measured by deft moments of surrealism and surprising, focused imagery. . . . Sam Pereira is an essential voice in American poetry.”-M. L. Williams
Praise for A Café in Boca:
“I’ve been an admirer of Sam Pereira’s poetry for thirty years now, marvelling constantly at his intelligence and humor, his bravado and high style. Sam Pereira’s poems are often both disarming and alarming, or perhaps, first alarming, and then tenderly disarming.”-David St. John
Sam Pereira‘s books include Brittle Water and A Café in Boca. He lives and teaches in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
Pereira Sam. The Marriage of the Portuguese (Frank X. Gaspar, fwd
Tagus Press: UMass Dartmouth, 2012.
Paperback, 978-1-933227-34-4 (April 2012)
Portuguese in the Americas Series