Fiction. Prose Poetry. PRECISE MACHINE is a collection of poetic fictions that swell in multiple dimensions. These pieces take us around the globe and through history in an epic of moments large and small: a bike's flat tire, a moment of teenage comeuppance, an Italian city destroyed by plague. Dennis Barone's prose seduces and derails, then ensnares again. He invites us at once to inhabit his stories and to retreat to the periphery to query how experience itself is recorded, catalogued and remembered. Infused not with certitude but with the far more human condition of ambivalence, these fictions are parables that do not patronize.
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