Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom Paperback – Feb 9 2012
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About the Author
Dennis J. Bernstein lives in San Francisco and has been a longtime front line reporter specializing in Human Rights. His articles have appeared widely including in the Boston Globe, New York Times, The Progressive, and The Nation. Bernstein was chosen by Pulse Media as one of "20 Top Global Media Figures of 2009." Bernstein's artist books, co- authored with Warren Lehrer, are in the Special Books Collections of the Museum of Modern art in New York City and other major museums around the world. Bernstein's poetry has appeared in the New York Quarterly, Chimaera, Bat City Review, The Progressive, Texas Observer, ZYZZYVA, etc. SPECIAL ED is Bernstein's first full collection of poetry.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
With this book of poems inspired by his Special Ed students, Charles Bernstein
not only uncovers the cruelty, but also the poetry in their lives, which can
find light in the darkest places: "The sun never comes to the residents /of the
old-age home, except as reflected through the eyes of my kids." Heroes And Saints
Often it is a student's own words that turns the literal into the figurative. To describe
the jacks he has thrown spinning on the floor, Jason says: "Look at the ballerinas/
dancing on their tiptoes" Pea-Brain....In brief, a powerful and exciting book of short
poems, deep and long in meaning.
Alice Walker loved the book too! She wrote, "Above all it is art turned to us through the eyes of love." Check out her full review above in the book description.