The Right Place to Jump

"If Frank O'Hara had lived to chronicle the post 9/11 decade, he might have written these wonderfully funny, sad, heartbreaking, jaunty, and always delightfully accurate poems by Peter Covino.”

“Covino's clarity of vision allows for narrative elements that tell the story of sexual awakening and maturation as a backdrop to deeper meditations on morality, mortality, and the multi-cultural polyglot of America as both dream and reality. These are poems of lasting importance."

Cut Off the Ears of Winter

  • Winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award
  • Finalist Thom Gunn Award

"Images of real and symbolic violence ricochet and reflect off each other in this elegant and disturbing collection. The poems chronicle, among other things, a history of childhood abuse and its after effects, but in a larger sense, they also explore through the lens of myth, art, religion, and popular culture, the underlying and often unacknowledged brutality beneath even mundane events."

Essays on American Italian Literature and Culture
“Scholarly writing about Italian American literature and culture has arguably entered its second fully and critically engaged decade of sustained conversation and inquiry—this collection of essays endeavors to highlight the vitality of these inquiries and offer suggestions for continuing research and enjoyment….The cultural conversation appears definitively to have outstripped limited capitalistic notions of import, export, and travel-related romanticizing; and Italian American culture is finally emerging from the shadows, or more aptly, the centuries-long inferiority complex, thrust upon it by Greek, Roman, and Italian Renaissance cultural production especially.” Peter Covino from the “Introduction”

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Straight Boyfriend
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“I do not know who wrote this manuscript. Yet these poems have managed to remain a memorable anonymous encounter, the contest notwithstanding. I think Frank O’Hara would have liked the ease of the voice and the keen sense of place these poems create, whether at a Hallmark Store or at a Writers’ Conference where the speaker is trying to pass for straight. The erotic impulse seems quite indifferent to the categories that we assign each other and our selves (gay/straight, madonna/whore). Where but in poems could we find our poet cruising at the Triple Treat Theatre one minute and thumbing through a Sports Illustrated desktop calendar the next? And it’s even harder to recall when the last time was that a gay poet made us swoon over a woman or two before waltzing off into the shadows, leaving us to wonder just who it is we thought we were.”

Timothy Liu

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  • “Speaking Italian with Mr. Curly.” Italian Americana, Loyola U Chicago, U of Illinois P, Winter (2022). Print. Forthcoming.

  • “Dressed (iPhone Text & Image),” “Vestita (testo & immagine da iPhone).” “Plant the Trumpet Flowers,” “Pianta i tromboncelli.” “Mountain Village, Ravaged House,” “Villagio di montagna, casa depredata.” “Reticent,” “Reticente.” Four poems with Italian Trans. Francesca Borrione. Strade dorate. Florida Atlantic U, Italian Department. Online. Winter 2022-2023. Forthcoming.
  • “Visitation.” “What’s Available.” Puerto del Sol, New Mexico State U, Vol. 56.1 Fall (2021):147-15. Print.
  • “Armies in the Blood: No Mountain.” “Guard.” “At the Animal Hospital.” (pdf) Seneca Review, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Vol. 51.1 Spring (2021): 21-25. Print.

  • “Gas Station, March Night.” Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism and Translation, Issue 18 Stanford U, Literatures, Culture, and Languages, (2020): 166–167. Print.
  • “Eastern Mountain Sports.” Ovunque Siamo: New Italian-American Writing Vol. 3 Issue 7, Summer (2020). Online.
  • “Departure: Flight.” Cincinnati Review, U of Cincinnati, 15.2 Winter (2019): 144–146. Print.

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  • “Closer” / “Più vicino.” “Red Desert” / “Deserto rosso.” “Your Call” / “La tua chiamata.” His Touch” / “Il suo contatto.” “Lizard-tree” / “L’albero di Hiba.” (two new poems, three reprints; and five translations into the Italian by Luigi Bonafini). Journal of Italian Translation, Brooklyn College. CUNY, Vol. XIII, 2 Fall (2018): 15-27. Print.
  • “Armies in the Blood: Between Hoarders and Jail.” Paterson Literary Review, Paterson Community College, Issue 46 (2018):164-167. Print.
  • “Sexy Movimiento.” (pdf) Colorado Review, Spring 44.1, 2017
  • “Insomnia, Seven Hours: ‘Each Morning a Fog.’ ‘Armies in the Blood: Florida.’ ‘Schenectady: Seven Hours.’ ‘Reliving the Past.’ ‘Grandmother drank all the rice milk.’” (six-poem sequence) Connotation Press, A Poetry Congeries, May 2017
  • “The Conformist.” “To Whom it May.” (pdf) Western Humanities Review, 68.3, 2014
  • “Closer” Poem-a day Academy of American Poets, July 2014
  • “Ligature.” Berkeley Poetry Review, 47, 2017: 112
  • From “Armies in the Blood”, from Witness, 2014
  • “Anterior with Dictionary Chain” from Interim, 2013
  • “66 Trees” (pdf) from American Poetry Review, 2012
  • “Heroin” from New Issues website, 2012
  • “Cut Off the Ears of Winter” and four other poems from PEN America, 2007
  • “Harvest” from Verse Daily, 2012
  • “Ten Poems” from Shampoo, 2009
  • “Home Movies” from Spork, 2003
  • “At the Museo Barberini” from The Cortland Review, 1999