The Complaints (Paperback)

By W. S. Di Piero

Carnegie Mellon University Press, 9780887486463, 72pp.

Publication Date: February 15, 2019

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“With language that’s as simple as it is musical, Di Piero sets dazzling moments amid plainsong.”—New York Times Book Review
For more than three decades, W. S. Di Piero’s poems have reveled in the gritty realism of cities, often drawing from his childhood in South Philadelphia. The award-winning poet, writer, and art critic returns with his twelfth volume of poetry.
The Complaints is a book of fortunes, laments, and celebrations—and about pulling the extraordinary ordinary. These sensuous poems speak of the ways we’re hostages to chance and circumstance. Whether Di Piero writes about cranes migrating, city scavengers, diners, bars, bad weather, or movies and the memories they make, he reminds us how “We bone and tissue creatures stir up embers / of fiery wish.”

About the Author

W. S. Di Piero is the author of many books of poetry, essays, and translation, most recently Mickey Rourke and the Bluebird of Happiness: A Poet’s Notebooks, also published by Carnegie Mellon. He writes a regular column on art for the San Diego Reader. He lives in San Francisco.