W. S. Di Piero, a fresh and powerful voice in American poetry, opens this collection about public and private worlds with poems that revisit the deaths of his parents. It is an important adult passage for him, and for them a last chance to leave a message: his father lying in bed, “bemused and contemptuous / of the hell in which he lay”; his mother soon to be laid out in tW. S. Di Piero, a fresh and powerful voice in American poetry, opens this collection about public and private worlds with poems that revisit the deaths of his parents. It is an important adult passage for him, and for them a last chance to leave a message: his father lying in bed, “bemused and contemptuous / of the hell in which he lay”; his mother soon to be laid out in the cheap gold flats “that made her look young and men look twice.” Di Piero writes poems of relationships, of ordinary beauty, of the deep, visceral memories that shape who we become. He reveals the art in the everyday—sometimes literally, as when he spies a Vermeer beauty in a girl with nose studs at the ATM, or van Gogh’s self-portrait in a small-time bookie. Whether describing the uncertainty of sexual love (“. . . your footpads / wet after a bath / left prints like / our conversations / every which way”) or a panhandler in Port Authority (“Show you to your bus / or an excellent candy bar?”), he is delicate and direct at once, a no-nonsense guide to his surroundings who is moved by what he sees. His strong, elegantly simple statements of truths of feeling go beyond the pleasure of the words themselves and restore us to the thrill of honesty in our own lives....
|Title||:||Skirts and Slacks|
|Number of Pages||:||80 Pages|
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Skirts and Slacks Reviews
The title of this poetry collection by di Piero reflects, I think, a common theme that runs across all of the poems: that although people are not the sum total of their possessions, everyday objects (or actions) can and do say much about our characters; and often, these plain, commonplace objects or actions can reflect little pearls of beauty. For example, in the poem “Finished Basement”, di Piero is describing his mother and conveys a whole history of her character through a short phrase about her shoes – “cheap gold flats that made her look young and men look twice”. And throughout this collection, there are similar insights tied to objects. From a technical standpoint, I enjoyed his choice of words and phrases, but I found that the rhythms that you often find embedded in good poetry to be a bit inconsistent. In my favorite poems in the book (“The Apples” and “South End”) they were so fluid it made you read them twice. In a few of the other strong poems, you can feel the force behind the cadence of the language, and reading them makes you almost feel like the words are being spit out at you, the force is so strong (“Skirts and Slacks” and “The Bull Roarers”, for example). However, in a few of them, the language seems rather dry, and I found the inserted stanza breaks to be unnatural (especially in “Oregon Avenue on a Good Day”, “Leaving Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia”, and “UFO”). Overall, a solid poetry collection. Recommended.
kind of boring, really. though a handful of passages did stand me hairs up