Divided into three sections, This Mellow World tells the complex story of a protagonist on a quest to feel at home with his Portuguese ethnic identity. Engaging with the work of a range of Portuguese writers and poets, principally Eça de Queirós, this cycle of twenty-three poems excavates Oliver’s family history, moving from his grandparents’ journey from São Miguel to Boston in 1900 to his own return to the Azores in adulthood. The volume includes a preface from the poet.
RAYMOND OLIVER is emeritus professor of English at the University of California Berkeley. The recipient of a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, Oliver’s verse-translations, poems, and critical work have been widely published. He is the author of three volumes of poetry, including Entries, Greeting the End of Time, and The Night When God Spoke French.
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