W. S. Di Piero, winner of the 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, is the author of ten books of poetry. His poems appear frequently in Poetry and Threepenny Review, and he has written for the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the New Republic, and many other periodicals. The latest of his five essay collections, When Can I See You Again?, contains his recent art writings. Di Piero's autobiographical writings have appeared twice in Best American Essays, and he's an accomplished translator of Greek and Italian poetry. He lives in San Francisco.
Explosive language, rough sensuousness, and an unflinching eye — here is a poet who doesn't look away and is committed to poetry’s first purpose: to bring song. Tombo is a book of lyrics fueled in equal parts by realism and big-fish storytelling, a book of wanderers, foghorns, summer rain, feral cats, and city jazz. Built on heartbreak particulars, these poems are raw, mysterious dilations of the moments of existence.
"Di Piero's poems have become more personal just as they have risen from the ground into the empyrean. These 'little astonishments' take on a body just as the ink hits the paper. Almost by themselves. A superb poet."
"Di Piero gives off cascades of words that run like a warm engine, with all parts working together. There might be a mysterious noise or two along the way but don't worry, you'll be back on the road."
McSweeney's Poetry Series