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WILLIS BARNSTONE

Willis Barnstone was born in Lewiston, Maine, and educated at Bowdoin, Columbia, and Yale. He taught in Greece at the end of the civil war (1949-51), in Buenos Aires during the Dirty War, and during the Cultural Revolution went to China, where he was later a Fulbright Professor of American Literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University (1984-1985). His publications include Modern European Poetry (Bantam, 1967), The Other Bible (HarperCollins, 1984) The Secret Reader: 501 Sonnets (New England, 1996), a memoir biography With Borges on an Ordinary Evening in Buenos Aires (Illinois, 1993), and To Touch the Sky (New Directions, 1999). His literary translation of the New Testament The New Covenant: The Four Gospels and Apocalypse was published by Riverhead Books in 2002. A Guggenheim Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry, Barnstone is Distinguished Professor at Indiana University.
 

"Willis Barnstone has been appointed a special angel to bring 'the other' to our attention, to show how it is done. He illuminates the spirit for us and he clarifies the unclarifiable . . . I think he does it by beating his wings."
---Gerald Stern

"Willis Barnstone has a problem: he's too good. Everything he writes, from his invaluable The Other Bible, a compendium of holy texts no writer should be without, through his brilliant translations and beautiful poems, is a breathtaking achievement."

--Carolyn Kizer

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Publications

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poetry memoir translation criticism anthology


poetry

Life Watch, poems by Willis Barnstone.  Published by Boa Editions in 2003.

Algebra of Night: New & Selected Poems, 1948-1998. Published by Sheep Meadow Press in 1999. amazon.com

The Secret Reader: 501 Sonnets. Published by University Press of New England in 1996. amazon.com

Funny Ways of Staying Alive. Published by University Press of New England in 1993. amazon.com

5 a.m. in Beijing: Poems of China. Published by The Sheep Meadow Press in 1987. amazon.com

A Snow Salmon Reached the Andes Lake. Published by Curbstone Press in 1980.

Overheard. Published by The Raintree Press in 1979.

Stickball on 88th Street: a Child's New York Memorysongs. Published by Colorado Quarterly in 1978.

China Poems. Published by University of Missouri Press in 1976.

New Faces of China. Published by Indiana University Press in 1973.

A Day in the Country. Published by Harper & Row Publishers in 1971.

anti journal. Published by The Sono Nis Press in 1971.

From this White Island. Published by Bookman in 1959.

Poems of Exchange. Published by Institut Francais d'Athenes in 1951.

memoir

Sunday Morning in Fascist Spain: A European Memoir, 1948-1953. Published by Southern Illinois University Press in 1995. amazon.com

With Borges on an Ordinary Evening in Buenos Aires. Published by University of Illinois Press in 1993. amazon.com

Borges at Eighty: Conversations. Published by Indiana University Press in 1982. amazon.com

translation

Sappho : Poems translated by WILLIS BARNSTONE, published by Shambhala Publishers, 2004. 

Sonnets to Orpheus by RAINER MARIA RILKE, translated by WILLIS BARNSTONE, published by Shambhala Publishers, 2004.
 

Songs of Songs: Shir Hashirim translated by Willis Barnstone. Published by Green Integer in 2002.

The New Covenant, Commonly Called the New Testament: Four Gospels and Apocalypse. Newly translated from the Greek and informed by semitic sources. Published by Riverhead (Penguin Putnam) in 2002. amazon.com or bn.com

Sappho Poems: A new version. Published by Green Integer in 1999. amazon.com

Six Masters of the Spanish Sonnet : Francisco De Quevedo, Sor Juana Ines De LA Cruz, Antonia MacHado, Federico Garcia Lorca, Jorge Luis Borges, Miguel Hernandez. Published by Southern Illinois University Press in 1993. amazon.com

Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Poems of Wang Wei. Published by University Press of New England in 1991. amazon.com

To Touch the Sky: Poems of Mystical, Spiritual & Metaphysical Light. Published by New Directions in 1991. amazon.com

Sappho and the Greek Lyric Poets. Published by Schocken Books in 1988. amazon.com

A Bird of Paper: Poems of Vicente Aleixandre. Published by Ohio University Press in 1982. amazon.com

The Unknown Light: The Poems of Fray Luis de Leon. Published by State University of New York Press in 1979.

My Voice Because of You by Pedro Salinas, Translation and Introduction by Willis Barnstone. Published by State University of New York Press in 1977. amazon.com

The Poems of Mao Tse-tung: A new translation by Willis Barnstone. Published by Bantam Books in 1972.

Eighteen Texts: Writings by Contemporary Greek Authors. Published by Harvard University Press in 1972. amazon.com

The Song of Songs (Shir Hashirim). Published by Kedros in 1970.

The Poems of Saint John of the Cross (a bilingual edition). Published by Indiana University Press in 1968. amazon.com

Greek Lyric Poetry. Published by Indiana University Press in 1967. amazon.com

Sappho: Lyrics in the Original Greek with Translations by Willis Barnstone. Published by Anchor Books in 1965.

Physiologus Theobaldi Episcopi - Bishop Theobald's Bestiary. Published by Spiral Press in 1964.

The Other Alexander: Greek Novel by Margarita Literati. Published by in 1959.

Eighty Poems of Antonio Machado. Published by Las Americas Publishers in 1959.

criticism

The Poetics of Translation: History, Theory, Practice. Published by Yale University Press in 1993. amazon.com

The Poetics of Ecstasy: Varieties of Ekstasis from Sappho to Borges. Published by Holmes & Meier in 1983. amazon.com

anthology

The Gnostic Bible, edited by Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer, published by Shambhala Publishers, 2004.  amazon.com

The Literatures of Latin America.  Edited by Willis Barnstone. Published by Prentice Hall Publishers in 2002. amazon.com

Literatures of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Published by Prentice Hall in 1999. amazon.com

Six Masters of the Spanish Sonnet : Francisco De Quevedo, Sor Juana Ines De LA Cruz, Antonia MacHado, Federico Garcia Lorca, Jorge Luis Borges, Miguel Hernandez. Published by Southern Illinois University Press in 1993. amazon.com

A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now. Published by Schocken Books in 1992. amazon.com

The OTHER Bible. Published by HarperCollins in 1984. amazon.com

Modern European Poetry. Published by Bantam Books in 1978.

Spanish Poetry: From its Beginnings through the Nineteenth Century. Published by Oxford University Press in 1970. amazon.com

The New Spoon River by Edgar Lee Masters. Published by Collier Books in 1968.

Rinconete y Cortadillo by Cervantes. Published by Las Americas Publishing Companies in 1960.

Concrete Poetry: A World View. Published by Indiana University Press in 1953. amazon.com

 

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