When Can I See You Again?

Pressed Wafer

"To write essays is to respond to life with life,"  W.S. Di Piero wrote in his last essay collection, City Dog, "to counter-pressure life's press.  It's always ad hoc or on the wing, because the inner life keeps changing, troping along with whatever reality gives it to work with."  In When Can I See You Again? the reality Di Piero works with is art.  His range is broad and deep.  He writes on classics like Rembrandt and Degas but also offers punchy reconsiderations of Norman Rockwell and Frida Kahlo and of offbeat subjects like fetish art and snapshot photography.  This is Di Piero's fifth collection of essays.  It follows his Chinese Apples, New & Selected Poems published by Knopf in 2007.  According to Poetry magazine, " W.S. Di Piero is probably the most consistently compelling and idiosyncratic writer among contemporary American poets."  When Can I See You Again? eliminates the probably.

About the Author

At Stanford Since: 1982


W. S. Di Piero is a poet, essayist, and translator. The most recent of his nine books of poems are  Skirts and Slacks (2001), Brother Fire (2004), and Chinese Apples: New and Selected Poems (2007). The latest of his six collections of essays is City Dog (2009), When Can I See You Again? (2010), and Night of Shooting Stars: Poems of Leonardo Sinisgalli (translation, 2010). His translations include Giacomo Leopardi's Pensieri (1984), The Ellipse: Selected Poems of Leonardo Sinisgalli (1983), and Euripides' Ion (1996).  Di Piero serves as a consulting editor of Southwest Review and writes frequently about the visual arts.  He's a frequent contributor to Threepenny Review and Poetry. He teaches the Stegner Poetry Workshop.