Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki

Tongue of War From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki Poetry This book won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry selected by B H Fairchild who writes in his foreword TONGUE OF WAR is one of the most distinctive manuscripts I have ever judged for a book pri

  • Title: Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki
  • Author: Tony Barnstone
  • ISBN: 9781886157712
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poetry This book won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by B H Fairchild, who writes in his foreword, TONGUE OF WAR is one of the most distinctive manuscripts I have ever judged for a book prize And it is a book rather than simply a collection Barnstone writes that he intends TONGUE OF WAR as a love letter to the World War II generation But he explains,Poetry This book won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by B H Fairchild, who writes in his foreword, TONGUE OF WAR is one of the most distinctive manuscripts I have ever judged for a book prize And it is a book rather than simply a collection Barnstone writes that he intends TONGUE OF WAR as a love letter to the World War II generation But he explains, I see the sequence as a history in verse in which I allow the readers to inhabit multiple and warring perspectives on the War in the Pacific, including the Pearl Harbor attack, Hiroshima, and the conflict in between Pulitzer prize winning writer Robert Olen Butler writes that Barnstone has revealed humankind s capacity both for evil and for redemption with a power that few writers have ever achieved.

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    1. As I said in my review of this collection in ForeWord Magazine, these poems fan the flames of the past like “that punk Death [who] worked at the bellows” in the forge of war. Barnstone explores the events of World War II in the Pacific from both sides of the conflict. As his poem “Hindsight” puts it, “Seems everyone has points of view / but no one has perspective.”Juxtaposing the voices of many different participants - from American GIs to Japanese doctors, from Navy nurses in the Ph [...]

    2. Really lovely formal poems--knocked me over with quite a few of them. It's a tough book to get through but what he's wrought is important. Yay sonnets.

    3. Incredible collection of poetry about the Pacific Campaign of World War II told from the perspectives of not only American servicemembers, but also Japanese ones and everyone involved with the conflict in between. Based on the poet’s readings of numerous texts about the time – the Notes on the Poems section at the end of the book lists well over 75 resources (websites and books) referenced in the making of these poems. My favorites were: White Pig, Dark Pig; The Doll; Not Enough; Wartime Med [...]

    4. This is hands down the most depressing book I have read. If it wasn't required reading for a class, I would have never read it. Though, I understand why my professor chose this poetry collection. I gave it 4 stars not because I enjoyed it, but because it was perfectly executed. It is a brilliant collection of poetry on the horrors of war. I hated the book not because it was poorly written, but because it was so well written. It's dark and horrific. It's intelligent and powerful. But it's not a f [...]

    5. I'm re-reading this at the this time. Gorgeous, difficult and real. What makes this book different from other poets who write from their own combat experience, Tony has crafted these poems from interviews. He has collected the stories and crafted a music with the language. There is something in that slight distancing that has me with the poet, listening and feeling.

    6. This is simply an amazingly good book. Barnstone took 15 years to research and write these poems, and his effort has paid off. Keeping to traditional sonnet forms, the poems sing with a naturalness of voice and syntax. And the stories he tells are striking. Well worth reading.

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