W.S. Di Piero Is the Hundred Thousand Dollar Poet From South Philly

The poet was nationally recognized for a lifetime's worth of writings.

By Kathleen Volk Miller
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plus they’re moneybags.

She sticks her head in the oven,

turns on the gas and waits,

just like that, you know,

while he’s lifting the garage door.

Sully

You need a haircut more than a bear needs sleep, young man.

You let it grow so long, you’re a love kid—you’d last

two minutes max inside. Long-haired freaks, get outta my way,

but everybody’s got a right. The difference between manslaughter

and murder, first or second degree, I’m here to tell you,

is intent, and you try proving that. I never thought

there was much difference. At least I learned a trade,

which is more than I can say about the creeps inside,

not like, though, I could walk into any shop, get a chair,

hold a razor, once I’m out of here, which makes it sound

like there’s no difference, hospital or jail, go figure,

like some people say, college people some of them,

like you. They’re right, except for one big difference:

that there’s a difference. You want a shave, too?

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1. Margaret Motheral said... on Jun 27, 2012 at 04:23PM

“Congrats. That is super cool.”

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2. g emil reutter said... on Jun 28, 2012 at 06:07AM

“good news! Congrats to Di Piero”

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3. Kelly Cherry said... on Jun 28, 2012 at 08:07PM

“I am very pleased to see that De Piero's work has been recognized.”

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