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 book, Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki, which won both the John Ciardi Prize and the 2011 Poets Prize. 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. Here's the link to Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem God's Grandeur, and to Barnstone's newly released CD, Tokyo's Burning: World War II Songs.
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