"José Luís Peixoto is one of the most surprising revelations from recent Portuguese literature"

- José Saramago, Nobel Prize-winning author of Blindness

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A Child in Ruins is the first English translation of the poetry of José Luís Peixoto. Published by Writ Large Press, the collection represents a selection from Peixoto's three books of poetry: A Criança em Ruínas (The Child in Ruins), first published in 2001, A Casa, a Escuridão (The House, the Darkness), first published in 2002, and Gaveta de Papéis (Paper Drawer), first published in 2008. A Criança em Ruínas won the 2001 Award of the Portuguese Society of Authors as the best book of poetry published that year. 

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**A Child in Ruins is a staff pick at The Paris Review**

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an excerpt from An Involuntary Biography of Love, translation, at Electric Literature (forthcoming)

"the boy is a body," in Puerto del Sol, 53:1, The Science Issue (forthcoming)

"Fado, Feminism, and Faith in Marina Carreira's I Sing to that Bird Knowing He Won't Sing Back," at The Fanzine

"Night," at Hobart 

"Wisdom," at The Common, Dispatches 

"Avô," at Barrelhouse (in PDF)

"When it was time to set the table," translation, a Staff Pick at the Paris Review (in PDF)

"Running" an excerpt from Brick City in the 2017 Write Well Award Anthologypp. 212-221

Six poems by José Luís Peixoto, translation, at Sangam House

Five Poems by José Luís Peixoto, translation, at National Translation Month (in PDF)

Poetry Translation Feature, translation, in jelly bucket, issue 7, pp. 21-27

"A Case for Empathy" and "Portugal Day" in Newest Americans (in PDF here and here)

"Passage" in Lunch Ticket, Winter/Spring 2017 (in PDF)

"process" and "belief" at Public Pool (in PDF)

"We never said she was a maid" in DMQ Review, Fall 2016 (in PDF) - Nominee, Pushcart Prize 

"Running" an excerpt from Brick City in upstreet magazine, issue 12, pp. 37-47 (in PDF) - Winner, Write Well Award

"#14" from ironbound at theEEEL by tNY.Press (in PDF)

"Borders" at Hinchas de Poesia (in PDF)

"Outside in" at Queen Mob's Tea House (in PDF)

"Story: A life in three moments" in Brittle Star, issue 37, pp. 53-54 (in PDF)

"From Lisbon to the Ironbound" at One Moveable Feast (in PDF)

"Untitled" in mOthertongue, Spring 2002 (in PDF)

"Outra Carta de Amor" in Revista 365, Summer 2004 (in PDF)

"Process Document Development Guide" at Queen Mob's Tea House (in PDF)

This book is a love letter to the place where I grew up, and the account of my heartbreak at moving beyond it. The book was written long before I left the Ironbound, and in hindsight I wonder if, even back then, I was trying to justify to myself the decision I had already made.
— from On ironbound - an essay


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