Fiction. "I love this book! Dennis Barone is a genius. The verbal, rhetorical, gestural, imaginative resources he orchestrates—or is it choreo-graphs?—or is it paints?—in ON THE BUS: SELECTED STORIES, exhilarate at every turn, and the turns (riffs, digressions, conflations, elaborations, subtractions, puns, and so on), tumble forth pell-mell, helter-skelter, topsy-turvy. 'Much Madness is divinest Sense—' became my constant comment reading these linguistically rich, emotionally wide-ranging and truly varying stories. Dickinson qualifies her madness definition with 'To a discerning Eye—'. Don't fret if you've not got one—in the convention of all breakthrough texts, Barone's prose instructs on the fly. 'Her whims, we said in those days, are our whereabouts'—and this, 'He doesn't so much wear the turtlenecks as stuffs them with the being that he calls himself': just two of Barone's ten thousand sentences of pure aesthetic pleasure. The Madness here is not to be missed—it's a celebration of language quo language married to the texture of existence."—Gray Jacobik
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).
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