Willis Barnstone’s The Secret Reader: A Tour de Force Kept Secret Too Long

I’d like to chat with you about The Secret Reader: 501 Sonnets, a tour de force that’s been kept secret too long. Though Dad has been recognized as a translator—he wears what he calls “the scarlet T of the translator”—he has not been lauded as one of our most magnificent political and historical poets—and this is ironic in so many ways, most poignantly because my father’s capacity as a poet to empathize and voice the secret lives of so many people, particularly in The Secret Reader, motivates his outstanding accomplishment as a translator.