Books

From the Sounds of Chewing

George Pereny is the real shit, says Jim Klein in his intro to George’s From the Sounds of Chewing. That may seem a strange way introduce FROM THE SOUNDS OF CHEWING, but I have my reasons. First, I’ve known George ever since the fall of 1972 when I started teaching English at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, and George was doing grad work there. George’s voice is as clear and pure as George is. He’s had the experience all right, but his voice is natural and innocent. Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, George actually combines both. The apparent effortlessness of his work even gets me thinking back to the Aeolian harp, the Romantic image of inspiration caused by the wind blowing through the mountains. George has distilled the complexities of who he is, and was, and yearns to be into the verse testimony you have in your hand.

Available at lulu.com.

My Mothers Home Town

My mother’s family, my godfather, and my confirmation sponsor, were all from a small Hungarian town called Gyongyos in Heves(mountainous) County an hour north of Budapest at the feet of the Matra Mountains on the northern end of the Great Hungarian Plain. In 1944, there were 22,000 people living in Gyongyos, including about 2500 Jews, most of whom, like my mother’s family, perished. A handful, including my mother, survived. This is their story.

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The Bus for America

George Pereny’s great new book is a mixture of memory, history and poetry, telling the story of a remarkable life that started under the repression of Soviet rule in his native Hungary. His family made a brave and dangerous escape from Hungary when Pereny was a boy, crossing the ocean and coming to the United States after a momentous decision to take the bus for America rather than the bus for Canada. Pereny had an adventurous education in America, coming to love rock music and words, eventually deciding on a teaching career that took him to inner-city neighborhoods and kids in desperate need of his poetry and vision. Along the way he discovered an aptitude and passion for the martial arts and had a spiritual rebirth in Christ. George’s story is also a quest for love that brings him to many women until he finds the right one. Like many great books, THE BUS FOR AMERICA ends with a wedding and a new chance for a happy life in Pereny’s adopted America.

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Homeslice

George Pereny taught in the inner city for over forty years, the last twenty-nine at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, where he taught English and Martial Arts, and wrote/performed educational rhymes. And where his students called him Grand Master P.

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Father Charlie

FATHER CHARLIE
A friend told me I should meet him
A sailor/priest
The port chaplain at Stella Maris Chapel in Port Newark
So I went to hear his noonday Mass.
As soon as I walked into that little chapel
And Father approached me with his warmth and glowing love
I knew that all the good I heard about him was true.
I knew it by what I saw in his face:
Peace, joy, child-like faith, and Light.
Father Charlie McTague
Ex-merchant marine
Who was eighteen when he decided his life’s mission:
Become a priest and travel to Russia to convert Stalin.
Father Charlie McTague
Who has a theory about the eighteen missing years of Christ:
That He too was a sailor, a ship’s carpenter.
Father Charlie
Who sailed on The Peace Ship
And served as chaplain, rabbi, imman, doctor, and cook.
….

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