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Mickey Rourke and the Bluebird of Happiness
A Poet’s Notebooks
W. S. Di Piero



Carnegie Mellon Poets in Prose Series

Carnegie Mellon
2017 • 88 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Essays / Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-624-1



Notebook entries by the award-winning San Francisco poet

Mickey Rourke and the Bluebird of Happiness contains selections taken from Simone Di Piero’s notebooks going back thirty years. His notebooks offer evidence of a poet’s inner life and have been for him a kind of mute conversation partner. They testify in an episodic way to one poet’s encounters with the world. Di Piero’s materials include life’s personal day-to-day debris, as well as reflections on the art of poetry, painting, photography, music, the American character, and urban life. Mickey Rourke is a still-in-progress excavation of the contents of consciousness.

“W. S. Di Piero is probably the most consistently compelling and idiosyncratic prose writer among contemporary American poets.” —Poetry



W. S. DI PIERO is the author of eleven books of poetry. Also a well-known essayist, he has written on art, culture, and personal experience, and has published in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and other publications. He lives in San Francisco.



Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:53:57 -0500