Celebrating Anthony DiPietro’s new collection

Congratulations to Anthony DiPietro on his poetry collection kiss & release. We are delighted to see his poem “Self-Talk in End Times” – first published in Monday Night – given new life in this full-length book forthcoming from Unsolicited Press in February 2024.

“Anthony DiPietro’s kiss & release is a pleasurable, lovable book about love and pleasure. DiPietro’s approach to these poems, even to poems of grief and heartache, is endlessly playful, darkhearted, lighthearted, and resplendent with anti-heroic wit and sex that charms and stings. The delight of this text does not diminish its formal and literary acumen. There are references to Baldwin, Flannery O’Connor, Pasolini, Plath, and Marie Howe, all ribboned-through with music—pop, classical, hip hop, country—and although DiPietro makes ample use of the prose poem, there is also a sestina, a villanelle, a pop cento, an abecedarian, a sequence, and a poem arrived at via predictive text. I tell you, this collection is a romp and a grand buffet, a paean to the urban masq, the fuckboy, and hot, thriving, fleeting love.” —Diane Seuss, author of frank: sonnets

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Anthony DiPietro is a gay sex poet and arts administrator originally from Providence, Rhode Island. He has lived throughout New England and in California, New York, Oregon, and Tennessee. A graduate of Brown University with honors in creative writing, he also earned a creative writing MFA at Stony Brook University. Now deputy director of Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, he resides in Worcester, MA. He composed his 2021 chapbook And Walk Through (Seven Kitchens Press) on a typewriter during the pandemic lockdowns. kiss & release is his debut collection. His writing and readings are featured on his website, www.AnthonyWriter.com.