Anthony DiPietro: kiss and release

Anthony DiPietro: Kiss and Release
Tuesday, March 5 at 5:30pm


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. 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

God, Anthony DiPietro’s poetry is good… I’m excited in a way that makes me remember what it was like when I’d find a book as a teenager, something dangerous and contraband, something so much a lifeline, and it would speak to all those hidden parts of me with a rush of sexuality and exposure, a mirror and a flashlight. —Bryan Borland, founding publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press

A meditation in a rush, kiss & release, is driven by the intense voice of an observant, insistent, and emotional “I.” He’s an urban gay man who admits he’s here with a date, but you never know how the night will end. He has several loves, at least a few fuckboys, and many questions:

most spells are made with words & broken by a kiss, why not the other way around?

what is more intimate than a whisper?

how long will yr wife be gone?

This poetry accuses, brags, confesses, obsesses, panics, and promises. It discos, raves, and swings. It falls in love during a hookup, but gets bored at a four-way. It woos the Zodiac; tries to get its virginity back; invents sex as a religion, mythologizes masculinity, and succumbs to its devils; kills a snake to resurrect a lover; gives a blowjob at a dirty book store; to see bad performance art; looks for love, and finds it everywhere/wherever.

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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.











Event date: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
372 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602