Poetry. Music. This new collection of lyric poems is divided into four parts. The first, At the Surprise Hotel, is a sequence set in an international hotel; each of the 19 episodes turns on a surprise. The surprises are emblematic of the various eccentricities of the denizens of this hotel, many recognizable. The second part is Events, where each narrative is a short fragment of a story. The third part, Encounters, contains love poems, primarily erotic. The final section, Departures presents variations on the theme of mortality. Each section of the book also contains performance poems and song lyrics, which were written with the intention to be read aloud; many have been recorded and performed with jazz collaboration.
Barry Wallenstein is the author of ten collections of poetry, the most recent being Time on the Move, (Xanadu Press, 2020) and Tony's Blues (bilingual - French & English) - (Éditions Pourquoi viens-tu si tard ? 2020), Drastic Dislocations: New and Selected Poems (New York Quarterly Books, 2012). His poetry has appeared in over 100 journals, including Ploughshares, The Nation, American Poetry Review and New York Quarterly. The presentation of poetry readings in collaboration with jazz is a special interest. Barry Wallenstein has made eight recordings of his poetry with jazz, the most recent being titled Lisbon Sunset, (2016), What Was, Was (Audioscope, 2015) and Lucky These Days (Cadence Jazz Records 2013). A previous CD, Euphoria Ripens, was listed among the "Best New Releases" in the journal, All About Jazz (December 2008). Barry is Emeritus Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the City University of New York and an editor of the journal, American Book Review. www.barrywallenstein.com