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W. S. Di Piero Writes Poetry “out of nerve and instinct.”

Poet, essayist, translator, teacher. W. S. Di Piero says it best:

"I'm not an intellectual poet. I write mostly out of nerve and instinct. It's all a process of taking in the intensities of life and bringing them over into the intensities of words. I've believed from the beginning that poetry exists not to simplify our sense of life and death, but to absorb its complexities and mixed tones. I think my poems from the start have had to do with what it feels like to suffer, to make sense of the world and life. That's what 'passion' means: to suffer knowledge."

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