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The Complaints

1st Edition

“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.”

72 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2019


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