Night Readings

Dennis Bernstein
We were the perfect pair for Paris
Then you split to Sicily—I vanished

Now you read to me in dreams, tempt me
with sauces simmering for ages,

and ancient verse etched into cave walls
before Christ was a flicker in god’s eye—

Dennis Bernstein is author of 6 books and 3 plays. His most recent book, Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom, received the 2012 Literary Achievement Award from Artist Embassy International. Bernstein’s poetry has appeared in the New York Quarterly, Chimaera, Bat City Review, The Progressive, Texas Observer, ZYZZYVA, Red River Review, etc. 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…”


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