Today's poem is "Café Terrace at Night"
from This is not a sky

Black Lawrence Press

Jessica Piazza is the author of two full-length poetry collections published by Red Hen Press: Interrobang—winner of the AROHO 2011 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize and the 2013 Balcones Poetry Prize—and Obliterations (with Heather Aimee O'Neill, forthcoming). She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and is currently a contributing editor for The Offending Adam and a screener for the National Poetry Series. Her commitment to fostering writing communities wherever she lives led her to co-found Bat City Review? in Austin, TX, Gold Line Press in Los Angeles, and Speakeasy Poetry Series in New York City. She currently teaches for the Writing Program at USC and the online MFA program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Books by Jessica Piazza:

Other poems on the web by Jessica Piazza:
"The Astronomer and the Poet"
Four poems
Four poems

Jessica Piazza's Website.

Jessica Piazza on Twitter.

About This is not a sky:

"This is not a sky, and these are not ekphrastic poems. Jessica Piazza has imbued them with the very qualities they observe in the works they address: each is 'an unfoldment,' and collectively 'their imagined new lives are more real than the truth.'"
—H. L. Hix

"Jessica Piazza's ekphrastic poems, each addressed to a painter (from Raphael to Bacon), exuberantly shrug off the boundaries between seer and seen, inner and outer worlds. Inventive, oblique, inspired, they enact rich encounters with texture, light, shifting perspective while staging, through formal ruptures, the subtle movement of ecstatic emotion and mind—fluid, roiling in color that is sound, image that is heard, rivers that remember. This is a magnetizing series that allows the reader to re-imagine the painterly in the poem, the poetic in the painting—and moreover, the voices invited and multiplied in such crossings, equipping us to read, after Turner, 'the relentless memoirs this river writes of the dead.'"
—Susan McCabe

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