Poetry. LGBT Studies. Winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry. "Pathos is the imp of innocence, and in CUT OFF THE EARS OF WINTER Peter Covino deploys him over the entire outraged body of modern harms. Here are psalms against the sinister. Here, too, are eclogues of mercy. Everywhere, in every notch and corner, in every kiss, crease and cicatrix, Covino's imp appears and proves these poems true. This is a book of virtues better far than our deserving."—Donald Revell
"Peter Covino's first book is spacious, wonderfully unpredictable, and insistent on ambition and scope. CUT OFF THE EARS OF WINTER is not simply an autobiography but a poetic autobiography. It moves from the confessional—stories of the body and the family—to stories of the mind, art, and history. Especially compelling is the way in which the intimate biographies of flesh and family are entwined with and inextricable from matters of art and history. On a painting of Judith and Holofernes, Covino writes '...he of the familiar scowl— / these jealousies overwhelm me... / and I cannot say for sure / whose severed head she holds.' Restless, worldly, intelligent, and beautiful, CUT OFF THE EARS OF WINTER is an utterly original first work."—Lynn Emanuel
Author City: PROVIDENCE, RI USA
Poet, translator, and editor Peter Covino is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Rhode Island. He is the winner of the 2007 PEN American/Osterweil Award for emerging poets and the author of THE RIGHT PLACE TO JUMP (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2012) and CUT OFF THE EARS OF WINTER (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2005) and the chapbook Straight Boyfriend (Thorngate Road, 2001), winner of the Frank O'Hara Poetry Prize. His co-edited volume, ESSAYS ON ITALIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE, recently appeared from Bordighera Press (2012).