Peace Treaties

Dennis J. Bernstein

On leave after surviving the nazi inferno at Bloody Ridge, my father won a movie

theater in Naples...A few hands later he lost it back to its original owner,

who's well-endowed daughter would later become my mother in a shotgun wedding,

six months after the ceasefire that ended the second world war.


Dennis J. Bernstein is author, most recently, of Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom, which received the 2012 Literary Achievement Award from Artist Embassy International. His 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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