By W. S. Di Piero b. 1945
Snarls, bread trucks, yeast   
breathing inside huddled bags,   
and sleepers completing lives   
behind their gray windows.

A whistle on the phonewires,   
feathers, twitches, whistling   
down to the hot loaves.

Reeds everywhere, pulse,
flesh, flutes, and wakened sighs.   
An answer. Radio news

and breathers behind our windows,   
birds’ new voices changing,   
changed, to the unforgiving   
hunger screech of immigrants.

W. S. Di Piero, “Starlings” from The Restorers (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1992). Copyright © 1992 by W. S. Di Piero. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

Source: The Restorers (The University of Chicago Press, 1992)

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Poet W. S. Di Piero b. 1945

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Animals, Cities & Urban Life, Nature

 W. S. Di Piero


W.S. Di Piero was born in 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned degrees from St. Joseph’s College and San Francisco State College. A poet, essayist, art critic, and translator, Di Piero has taught at institutions such as Northwestern University, Louisiana State University, and Stanford, where he is professor emeritus of English and on faculty in the prestigious Stegner Poetry Workshop. Elected to the American Academy of . . .

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SUBJECT Animals, Cities & Urban Life, Nature

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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