Barry Wallenstein

Barry Wallenstein is the author of seven collections of poetry, the most recent being Drastic Dislocations: New and Selected Poems [New York Quarterly Books, 2012]. His poetry has appeared in over 100 journals, including Ploughshares, The Nation, Centennial Review, and American Poetry Review. His analytical text, Visions & Revisions: The Poets’ Practice [T.Y. Crowell, 1971], was reissued in a new and expanded edition by Broadview Press [2002]. Among his awards are the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poetry Prize, (l985), and Pushcart Poetry Prize Nominations, 2010, 2011, 2012. Wallenstein is Emeritus Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the City University of New York and an editor of the journal, American Book Review. In his capacity as Professor of English at City College he founded and directed the Poetry Outreach Center, and for 35 years coordinated the all-inclusive citywide Annual Spring Poetry Festival.

Listening for Charlie

Enough about me, now tell me about you. [tiny pause] What do you think about me? [silence] Listen: the 12 foot schooner out on the lake is but a twig compared to the ship I sailed as Captain Kidd, an …

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