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  1. BulletPoems of Exchange with Six Poems Translated from Antonio Machado, Athens: l’Institut français d’Athènes, 1951.

  2. BulletFrom This White Island, New York: Bookman, 1960.

  3. BulletAntijournal, Vancouver, British Columbia: Sono Nis Press, 1971.

  4. BulletA Day in the Country, New York: Harper & Row, 1971.

  5. BulletNew Faces of China, Bloomington, IN/London: Indiana University Press, 1972.

  6. BulletChina Poems, Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press,1977.

  7. BulletStickball on 88th Street, Illustrated by Karmen Effenberger, Boulder, CO: Bonus Book of Colorado Quarterly, 1978.

  8. BulletOverheard, With 27 Drawings by Helle Tzalopoulou Barnstone. Bloomington, IN: Raintree Press, Limited Edition, 1979

  9. BulletA Snow Salmon Reached the Andes Lake, New York/Austin: Curbstone Press, 1980.

  10. BulletTen Gospels and a Nightingale, Brookston, IN: Triangular Press, Limited Edition, 1981.

  11. BulletThe Alphabet of Night, Bloomington, IN: Raintree Press, Limited Edition, 1984.

  12. BulletFive A.M. in Beijing, Riverdale-on-Hudson: Sheep Meadow Press,1987.

  13. BulletFunny Ways of Staying Alive, Poems and Ink Drawings. Hanover/London: University Press of New England, 1993.

  14. BulletThe Secret Reader: 501 Sonnets, Hanover/London: University Press of New England,1996.

  15. BulletAlgebra of Night: New & Selected Poems 1948-1998, Riverdale-on-Hudson: Sheep Meadow Press,1998.

  16. BulletLife Watch, Rochester, NY: BOA Editions, 2003.

  17. BulletLife Watch, Translated into Arabic by Abed Ishmael, Damascus, Syria: Al-Mada Publishing Company, 2004


Selected Bibliography

Walk long

by Willis Barnstone, “Algebra of Night”

Walk long and even when the road is brief

    each step is infinite.  Here

in Canada the geese breathe the same arctic grief

    that floats in my unfound soul,

but geese ignore the cold.  They’re flying pin high

    from gaucho Patagonia.  I am a man of coal

smoldering below those fire-eyed birds caught

    in their habit of electricity.

Long or brief I breathe green sky until I clot.

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