On Willis Barnstone

I first met Willis in Bloomington, Indiana. I came to Bloomington in 1985, and of course, what I discovered was that Willis was a one-man institution. He was a bright energy and intellect. And, I must admit this man possessed an authentic soul, something more than just surface existence. A student told me that he was taking a translation class from Willis. I said, “Well, what is it like?” He says, “The man dances when he lectures.” This was before I met Willis. I said to myself, I have to meet him. Because I had just come from New Orleans and thought no one possessed that kind of energy in Bloomington. I had to meet this guy, right?