Poetry. WALKING BACKWARDS is a collection of longer prose poems in which life seems to lean into the absurd to laugh, while quietly relishing the beauty of a private thought. Loosely organized around an Italian-American theme, the characters and voices of these prose poems and short stories consider the merits of Fergus Falls, being a gladiator or a poet, 45-minute operas, and the quest for a "new hit song."
Dennis Barone's work has appeared in the Chicago Review, The Prose Poem: An International Journal, and Quarter After Eight, among others. Barone has edited numerous collections and published several books of fiction, including Temple of the Rat and Echoes. In 1992 he held the Thomas Jefferson Chair, a distinguished lecturing award in the Netherlands. He currently teaches at St. Joseph's College in Connecticut. Quale Press has published many of his works: SOUND/HAMMER (2015), FIELD REPORT (2011), NORTH ARROW (2008), PRECISE MACHINE (2006), WALKING BACKWARDS (2002), and THE DISGUISE OF EVENTS (2002). He is also the author of THE WALLS OF CIRCUMSTANCE (Avec Books, 2004), PARALLEL LINES (Shearsman Books, 2011), AMERICA/TRATTABILI (Bordighera Press, 2011), ON THE BUS: SELECTED STORIES (BlazeVOX [books], 2011), and SECOND THOUGHTS (Bordighera Press, 2017), and co-editor of ESSAYS ON ITALIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE (Bordighera Press, 2012). Author City: WEST HARTFORD, CT USA