Poetry. What use is poetry in a world shaped by suffering? Set in an Italian castle during a time of global crisis, this sonnet sequence takes up age-old questions about the ethics of art and the risks of comfort. With lush images and deep urgency, Deshpande makes an argument for beauty amidst chaos, violence and loss.
Jay Deshpande is the author of THE UMBRIAN SONNETS (PANK Books, 2020) and LOVE THE STRANGER (YesYes Books, 2015). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and residencies at Civitella Ranieri and the Saltonstall Arts Colony, he teaches at Brooklyn Poets and Columbia University.
Author City: New York, NY USA