Poetry. W. S. Di Piero marries a streetwise, working-class sensibility to an intellectual rigor and precise language in poems that stare down depression, failed love, and urban nightlife. In a fast-paced, half-cracked/half-sane style reminiscent of bebop solos, Di Piero forges masterful poems that "keep it close, loose, and sweaty," and restore life's intensity while showing where real hope might be found.
"With language that's as simple as it is musical, Di Piero sets dazzling moments amid plainsong."—The New York Times Book Review
"Di Piero's poems throb with the intensity of urban life, buried anger, and old griefs that still ache."—San Francisco Chronicle
Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA
W. S. Di Piero is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently NITRO NIGHTS (Copper Canyon Press, 2011) and Chinese Apples: New and Selected Poems (Knopf, 2007). He's also an essayist on art, literature, popular culture, and personal experience. His autobiographical essays have appeared twice in Best American Essays, and his five essay collections include WHEN CAN I SEE YOU AGAIN: NEW ART WRITINGS (Pressed Wafer, 2010) and City Dog (Northwestern University Press, 2009). His books also include translations from Italian and Greek. Di Piero has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award.
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