New and Selected Poems
By W.S. Di Piero
(Knopf, Paperback, 9780375711435, 272pp.)
Publication Date: July 14, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Now in paperback: the “lovely and evocative book” (San Francisco Chronicle) of poems both new and old that celebrates a quarter century of passionate engagement with real life and its transformation into poetic form: the pull of faith and the poet’s suspicion of transcendence, urban worlds and the mysterious jazz of street language, desire and sexual need, love and loss.
W. S. Di Piero was born in South Philadelphia in 1945. He is the author of eight previous books of poetry, as well as three volumes of translation from the Italian. The recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, he lives in San Francisco.
“[A] fine book . . . It’s clear that what Di Piero believes in is poetry, not redemptively but descriptively. Poetry allows him to see the world, which enables him to bear living in it.” —Poetry
“Di Piero’s verses resound with tiny correspondences and internal echoes, and the density of his later poems, despite their readerfriendliness and beautiful images, weighs hard on the reader’s heart, leaving an impress that is slow to fade.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer