rev. of Thieves’ Latin by Peter Jay Shippy

Issue #91
Fall 2003

Thieves’ Latin, poems by Peter Jay Shippy: This prize-winning first collection provides proof that, as Peter Jay Shippy writes, "writ happens"—and that sometimes it is wonderful "writ." With a gift for breathtakingly original language, he leads us through the vast orchard of his imagination, where we can pluck and taste its astonishing fruit. Thieves’ Latin, with its madnesses, its great and tragic hilarity, its wild imaginings, and its equally great and tender heart, will be treasured for a long time to come.(Iowa)