Science For the People

       Dennis J. Bernstein
1. The Science (Un) Fair

My chem teacher called the bomb squad after I turned in my final
project for the science fair:
A perfectly-crafted paper-mache replica of a gas chamber, complete
with authentic fumes,
and a strap-down table, built to scale. Belted down tightly to the
death stage, was Barbie’s
well-known boy-friend Ken, who I had pressed into service for the
mission: “Thomas Edison
wired up his electric chair on the rocks at Sing-Sing,” I howled, all
the way down the hall
to the Dean’s office, “and we named our whole goddamn school after him.”

2. Early Influences of a Bomb-Maker

As a heat-seeking teen, I loved to fill air-balloons
with water and turn them into hand-grenades.  I packed the insides of
my snowballs
with solid ice to penetrate enemy armor—Once, I sent Mickey the
Mailman to the ER
after a direct hit: Later, I learned how to split an atom and set it
in motion for critical mass.


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…” poetry as 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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