BkMk Press Books

Tongue of War

From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki

by Tony Barnstone

Price: $14.95, 148 pages

ISBN: 9781886157712, 2009

 

Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by B.H Fairchild

Silver Award, Independent Pusblisher Book Awards

Winner, Poets' Prize

 

This book, which won the John Cairdi Prize for Poetry, selected by B. H. Fairchild, is inspired by historical situations and accounts letters, oral histories, news reports, etc., of individuals from both sides of the Pacific theater of World War II, including the home fronts. 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, ''Barnstone has revealed humankind's capacity both for evil and for redemption with a power that few writers have ever achieved.''

 

Published 2009

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