Tin House Books, 9781935639510, 108pp.
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
About the Author
Praise For Portuguese…
"Portuguese is an enthralling testament to a creative mind beset upon on all sides by attempts at calcification and deleterious circumscription. . . .Portuguese earns its grandeur with a grandeur of spirit that is nearly unparalleled in contemporary verse. Shimoda's lines are by turns gracefully aphoristic and effortlessly metonymic; they transcend their subject--the author himself--by dint of their intelligence, sensitivity, and spiritual awareness. . . .It is not too much to say that Shimoda is writing, somehow, impossibly, the universal autobiography of a nation. . . .Very highly recommended."
"That day, as the sun was hallucinating, a non-Portuguese boy was being born, and all we know is that he's a poet who brings that sun back to us."
"Brandon is who I would dream up as a brother if he wasn’t mine already."
"Brandon Shimoda seems to be an Ur-being, a totally new creature."
"Brandon Shimoda is my favorite living lyric."
"Brandon Shimoda is a poet OF CREATION,” of Heimweh, a main event,” a restive-decadent bus rider of nostos and algosis these and also: Portuguese."
"Brandon Shimoda wants to go to Portugal, where the snow is imaginary and the streets are almost real." BHANU KAPIL
In a temporary world” there is only one Brandon Shimoda who can 'Rationalize poetry by embodying it before me' and simultaneously 'Rake the fragments of bone.'"
"This poet keeps himself within his own gaze, as the child keeps in vision the man he has yet to become, and the poems he has written emerge with a form of sight that reaches inward as far as it reaches outward, self's innermost history to this outward moment we call 'now.'"
"Looking into the young Brandon Shimoda’s eyes I see in a starless night sky the full moon circling."
"Unless that's a bird on his head, he's stolen my hairmakes you wonder about a lot of things."
"These poems are what a person might think before slipping into grey dream-visions of their own unborn children."
"Brandon Shimoda's poetry is the most perfect peridot stone sparkling with sharp edges in the daylight." NOELLE KOCOT
"The mysteries of poesis are exacerbated, enlivened, and somehow fevered in Portugueseand without Brandon aShimoda's efforts the scope of American poetry itself would be diminished starkly." JOSHUA MARIE WILKINSON
"Sometimes there is a poet in service to deliver everything you want to taste in the world. Brandon Shimoda is such a poet."
"Brandon Shimoda has she-she’d a crèche of earthly delights vastly libidinal: ravishing, ceremonial word formations, not withstanding the presence of wrath like a raw cake, sponging. BRENDA IIJIMA. Brandon Shimoda: He's SWAMP."
"I smell the peat of old woods; two boys & diesel in shallow cups, two girls & bone in twiggy beds."
"Brandon’s is the heroic mechanism which will make everyone love each other with greater truth and intensity, because he lays an equal hive, mouth to mouth to mouth." FARNOOSH FATHI
"WISE AND SASSY, THIS LITTLE BOY! HIS MOUTH!"
EMILY KENDAL FREY
"Yes: in Brandon Shimoda's work poems become further worlds and not vice versa."
"Brandon's restlessness translates into disruptive, migratory syntax that defies identity, its logic."
DON MEE CHOI
"Here he is again, Shimoda, weaving, wiring, rigging the "gentle wrath of home" into all things."
"Brandon Shimoda did not write this book, he wrestled it from the bad, holy woman standing in the purple vetch."
"UNITED SHIMODA IS UNITING THE WORLD."
"I wish these poems had not been written."