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p o e m s

lake childhood

dyslexia 20 how i learned to draw 21 present and unaccounted for 22 very early bird 24 free ‘em all 25 a chip on his shoulder 26 the sheriff of motherhood 27 getting tough 28 pain relief 29 the rabbi’s daughter speaks out on christianity her song 31 tooth fairy 32 uncle manny 33 avowel 34 science (un)fair 35 micro-broadcaster 36 radio rescue, 1960 37 boxing lesson 1 38 boxing lesson 2 39 small-eyed witness 40 at ten, a wish for revenge jumping the count 42 dinner with cronkite 44 war at the five & dime 45 a new state of mind 46

41

first grade 48 early resistance 49 trumpet lessons 50 aces 51 the astronomy of linens 52 low-blow leuk 54 better than but 55 the algebra of poetry (in 14000 lines) germ warfare 57 bad math 58 30

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bad math 2 59 aunt joanie on planetary rings and UFOs 60 viet nam in buffalo 62 caboose school 63 doing the numbers 64 something i could count on 65 outskating our shadows, levittown, 1965 66 dream invention for typewriter 68 how pierre the parrot became a jewish man 69 up in smoke 70 a love supreme 82 the boys from florida 84 here now, there then 85


tracings

disaster relief 88 poetry 89 marbles 90 the sensitive teacher 91 knitting club 92 tsunami 94 after katrina 95 live porno 96 a fisherman in pacifica 97 border to border 98 crossing that final river 100 integration 101 today 102 body language, paris 1975 104 off the coast of thomas 105 seeing song 106 partners on a solo 107 why mama sings 108 medical certainty 109 dead friends society 110 in between 111 random curtain calls 112 silent sea chants 113 service is my middle name 114 keys and drum keys 115

photosynthesis summer reading

116 118

subtractions & addictions

happy hour 122 three life sentences 123 the hunger 124 gin and tonic TKO 125 upside down and caked 126 morphine pill 127 a gentleman’s bet 128 aftermath 129 couples therapy 130 bad day 131 rage is an imperfect teacher at the circus 133 trafficking controller 134 loss 135

truce 144 medals 145 the spontaneous stoning death of a woman in afghanistan 146 underground astronomer 147 native doubts 148 peace (of paper) 149 drunk on the confederacy at gettysburg, 2015 150 fast-track citizenship famished

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152

the war that never ended back then

153

154

seventy years ago in nagasaki 132

san salvator, 1986

156

the smell of victory football warriors exchange rate

158

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160

american bombs for layla front lines

war correspondent 138 love letters from the war years social studies 140 PTSD 141 post-war treaty 142 in the defense of the homeland

a locksmith in nablas the deed 139

163

two places at once in gaza

165

stones

166

killing them twice 143

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c o n t i n u e d

dream central

before coffee 170 senior editor 171 day-dreaming until the cows come home

172

dream park memory 173 her funny valentine 174 the big difference 175 night and day 176 clockless alarms 178 the dietbusters 179 bad dream bonus 180 dreaming, i see the rabbi praying

181

death row, sing-sing, 1953: dreaming of ethel and julius rosenberg

182

on the streets , under lock ’ n key

fear of sleep equal time

he & she

186 187

small screen visionaries

188

police brutality (on steroids) golden gate shuffle homeless

190

191

trickster’s traffic jam joe at frank’s pizza street speech

194

the granddaughter speaks 195 2nd avenue kosher 196 free rain 198 homeless wars 199 bridging the gap 200 truck-stop millie 202 on the uptown bus to the mission 203 bipolar for peace 204 song in a strait jacket 206 the mission 207 senator gets tough, says 208 police review 209 kneeling before prayer 210 killing a demon (what i told the social worker) everybody in prison is a prisoner 212 runway 213

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ten smiles 216 shrinking planet 217 reflection 218 sharp shooter 219 his story is hers 220 self control 221 deep listening 222 the hula for lunch 223

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multi-tasking 224 two hands shaking 225 the poet 226 severed lives 227 supremacy 228 mirage 229 curation 230 modern living, no. 9 231 conflicted 232 the painter 233 angry youth 234 national insecurity 235 anti-gravity activist 236 madam quarry 238 the biologist 239 river returns the sky

urgent care 242 chance meeting in the ICU 243 alone talking to robert 244 shadow boxing 245 the smaller picture 246 recovery room 247 living with alzheimer’s 248 alzheimer’s 27 249 strong shoulders 250

self-telling jokes 251 workplace hazards 252 the master plan 253 aging poet 254 what’s that stuck in my throat, doc? 255 no more strolls down memory lane 256 before shaving 257 benchmarks 258 temporarily terminal 259 habits 260 dead pan 261 shrinking possibilities 262 serendipity 263 riding with daddy on life support 264 old habits die hard 265 strong medicine 266 old magic 268 preventative medicine 269 historical revisionism 270 three out of four 271 the alzheimer’s mind 272 birthday cake 274 death of a family 275 the heart’s temple 276 road rage for mourners 277 singing (blind) in the rain 278

last load 280 methuselah 281 do not resuscitate 282 framed photograph 283 last hours 284 eight-legged architect 285 lullaby 286 mourning during a time of many wars a quiet death 289 shopping with my dead mother 290 dancing across the great river 292

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How I Learned to Draw

they called me a retard

and threw me in with the “downs.” the dean said i’d stay with the idiots until i learned how to act like a sixth grader. i colored all that day as if my life depended on it. i laughed so hard with the big-headed boys i could barely catch my breath.


A Chip on his Shoulder

madboy makes faces at authority. he takes out cops and teachers

with a vast array of invisible weapons.

the chip on his shoulder

26

is bigger than he is.


The Sheriff of Motherhood

ng over who got m o r e, tw o b ro th e rs fi g h ti o u t o ls f t h e in v is ib le th e y y a n k p is to t h d r o p t o t h e ir knees, a n d o p e n fi re ; b o u o n w d y ed each othe h a v in g m o rt a ll r, r if f o r e f h s m e o th t g h erhood le a v in p t h e m e s s. to c le a n u

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How Pierre the Parrot Became a Jewish Man (a fantasy with a few pertinent facts)

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language. in school i

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and failed every test

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for reading and com-

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man. she commissioned

sworn enemies by the

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tions on exactly how to

played them so often,

perform the sacred set

our parrot, pierre,

of prayers that open

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manhood. but spoken

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Three Life Sentences

thirty year binge. sober for three days. drunk on sorrow.

123


Couples Therapy

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Bad Day

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131


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War Correspondent

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in an old trunk in the attic,

i uncover the roadmap

to

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mother’s

lost

mind:

love letters from the war years,

from the man who broke his promise, when he came back from anzio beach in a box:

the last she heard of him,

was his mother sobbing on her knees,

in front of the two young marines,

who had knocked on the front door

to deliver the news. 139


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PTSD

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with his missing limb— no one

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Small Screen Visionaries

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The Mission

the guards search me for contraband. today a paper clip sets off the metal detector: my mind is a concealed weapon.

207


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Shrinking Planet

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Severed Lives

she sleeps in a different bed

than her dreams

227


river returns the sky


our last time together, we shared rice cakes and nut- b u t t e r; hot s a ki s ent wa r m waves up the spine, and we bathed in the starlight, where the russian river returns the sky’s gifts to the sea. now what’s left of you, friend—thirty years of taped voices; as usual, you’re perfectly invisible: hard to believe that yesterday is really forever, that death owns tomorrow.

Alone Talking to Robert 244


Shadow Boxing

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praying.

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Dennis J Bernstein lives in San Francisco. He is the award-winning

host/producer of Flashpoints, syndicated on public and community radio stations across the United States. Bernstein is the recipient of many awards for his work, including the 2015 Pillar Award in Broadcast Journalism. In 2009, Pulse Media named him one of the “20 Top Global Media Figures.” Bernstein’s articles and essays have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Denver Post, Philadelphia Enquirer, Newsday, The Nation, Dallas Times Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Mother Jones, Village Voice, The Progressive, Vibe Magazine, Spin Magazine, Toronto Globe, Kyoto Journal, Der Spiegel, and many more. Bernstein is the author of Henry Hyde’s Moral Universe, and the co-author of two decks of political trading cards, Friendly Dictators and The S&L Scandal Trading Cards. He founded The Muriel Rukeyser Reading Series in Park Slope Brooklyn, and broadcast it over public and community radio in New York City; the series was named after his friend and mentor, the late poet and biographer, Muriel Rukeyser. Bernstein also produced the first complete live, 35 hour broadcast of James Joyce’s Ulysses in the U.S. at New York’s Bloomsday Bookstore. He is author of the poetry collection Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom, which won the 2012 Artists Embassy International Literary Cultural Award. His poetry has appeared in The New York Quarterly, The Chimaera, Bat City Review, The Progressive, Texas Observer, ZYZZYVA, Red River Review, and numerous other journals. Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple, writes that Special Ed “is art turned to us through the eyes of love.” Carol Smaldino says in The Huffington Post that the poems remind us how “we are all connected to the sorrows as well as to the grandness of being human.” Bernstein’s earliest poems appeared as a chapbook, Particles of Light, with woodcuts by Stan Kaplan. His artists’ books/plays French Fries and GRRRHHHH: a study of social patterns, co-authored with Warren Lehrer, are considered seminal works in the genre, and are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Georges Pompidou Centre, and other museums around the world.


Warren Lehrer is a writer/designer known as a pioneer in the fields of visual

literature and design authorship. His books, acclaimed for capturing the shape of thought and reuniting the oral and pictorial traditions of storytelling with the printed page, include: A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley; Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America (with Judith Sloan); The Portrait Series (four-book suite); GRRRHHHH: a study of social patterns (with Dennis Bernstein and Sandra Brownlee); French Fries (with Bernstein); i mean you know; and versations. He has received many awards for his books and multimedia projects including: the Brendan Gill Prize, the Innovative Use of Archives Award, the IPPY Outstanding Book of the Year Award, the International Book Award for Best New Fiction, three AIGA Book Awards, two Type Directors Club Awards, a Media That Matters Award, a Prix Arts Electronica Award. He is a 2016 Center For Book Arts Honoree for his “innovative and pioneering achievements in the Art of the Book.” He has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council and New York State Foundation for the Arts, and the Rockefeller, Ford, Greenwall, and Furthermore Foundations. His work has been exhibited widely and is in many collections including MoMA, L.A. County Art Museum, The Getty Museum, The Walker Art Center, Georges Pompidou Centre, and Tate Gallery. Lehrer is also a performer, and has co-written four plays, one opera, co-composed two audio CDs, and he co-produces radio documentaries and audio works with his wife Judith Sloan. He is a frequent lecturer and presenter at universities, art and literary centers, and bookstores throughout the United States and internationally. Lehrer is a full professor at the School of Art+Design at Purchase College, SUNY, and a founding faculty member of the Designer As Author MFA program at the School of Visual Arts. With Sloan, Lehrer founded EarSay, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to uncovering and portraying the lives of the uncelebrated in print, on stage, on the radio, in exhibitions, concert halls, electronic media, and through educational programs in public schools, community centers, and prisons.


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