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Di Piero, W. S.. BROTHER FIRE: POEMS. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 80 pages. As New/As New.

The polymath/poet's eighth collection. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents W. S. Di Piero's eighth collection of forty poems. "A broad range of poems that examines ordinary routines like ironing, mowing a lawn, attending a party as well as symbolic rituals like holiday celebrations on Halloween and The Fourth of July. Di Piero takes a so-called 'language poet' approach while somehow managing to keep a solid footing on tangible subject matter. Strikingly American in how he pushes language, content, and experience through the lens of history, both personal and traditional, he creates unique cityscapes, everyday photographic moments, and contemplative, artistic compositions. Pushes boundaries of thought and expression in ways that may not appeal to more conservative readers but will certainly challenge and engage the willing" (Janet St. John). If poetry is not, first and foremost, about language, then it probably isn't poetry (whereas much prose is not necessarily about "writing"). W. S. Di Piero is one of America's finest living humanist-polymaths: Aside from his poetry, he has translated Euripides and Giacomo Leopardi, among others, published several collections of essays, and is a revered Professor of Literature at Stanford University, a great living national treasure, in other words. "I/ felt delivered, unfinished, / to bright solid scenes/ melting through me as I/ streamed helpless into them" (W. S. Di Piero). A "must-have" title for W. S. Di Piero and poetry collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by W. S. Di Piero. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is now collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Most copies available online have serious flaws or are the Softcover Edition. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the greatest living writers. A flawless copy. . ISBN 1400042038. $50.00

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