Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20130104, 20120622
Tony Barnstone, son of poet, translator, and scholar Willis Barnstone and visual artist Elli Barnstone, was surrounded by great works of art, literature, and philosophy as a child, and like his sister, Aliki, followed in his father’s footsteps. The author of four collections of poetry, The Golem of Los Angeles, Sad Jazz: Sonnets, and Impure, Barnstone reads from his work and focuses on his 2009 book, Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki. This collection of dramatic monologues draws from history, pulp fiction, and pop culture to tell imagined stories about characters struggling with historical events, challenging readers to connect with what unites and makes us human.
Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Nebraska's Creighton University, she reads fr...
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