Bernard Block

Bernard Block was born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and attended Cornell University and Brooklyn College. He hitch-hiked to California in 1965 and lived in the Haight-Ashbury through 1967 where he gave poetry readings at the I and Thou Coffee Shop, North Beach coffee houses and Golden Gate Park. He returned to NYC and studied with the poet Colette Inez in the mid '70's. He earned his living as a caseworker with the Bureau of Child Welfare in New York City (he is now retired). Bernard has read at all the major spoken-word venues in NYC. He has presented his poetry in venues in Philadelphia, Columbia, SC and Asheville, NC. In August, 2014 he was invited to feature in Laugharne, South Wales in celebration of the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth. Bernard curates and hosts the Series “From Whitman to Ginsberg” at Cornelia St. Café. There have been 21 editions of this Series; the most recent was presented on September 28, 2018. All 21 editions were videotaped and can be accessed on his YouTube Channel. He has had 38 poems published in the prestigious European on-line literary journal Levure Littéraire #8, #9 and #12 (Editors: Rodica Draghincescu; Erika Dagnino). Five of Bernard's poems appear in the French/English literary journal Recours au Poème (Editor: Marilyne Bertoncini) with French translation by Elizabeth Brunazzi. In an article in this journal regarding the NYC poetry scene, Ms. Brunazzi devotes a significant discussion to Bernard's poetry and his organizing role on that scene. Bernard Block’s book of poetry "Am I My Brother’s Keeper?" has been released by Dark Light Publishing. This is a bilingual edition, English/Spanish, with evocative translations by the eminent Mexican poet, Roberto Mendoza Ayala. It is available on Amazon and from the author: [email protected]
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Ruben Rama-Tag-Rag

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Through the Eye of the Eagle

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Brandon and Julianne

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Fable of The Emperor and The Wall

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For Amal Hussein

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A man’s hat…

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The Way of Names

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The Sky that is – The Sky that was

by Bernard Block
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Fable of the Mermaid and the Starbuckers

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Natalie of Bath Beach, Brooklyn, 1953

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Mary of the Wild Moor

by Bernard Block
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The Ballad of Alice Blue Gown

by Bernard Block
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We Are One

by Bernard Block
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Summer Camp on the border

by Bernard Block
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On the Waterfront

by Bernard Block
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O Romeo (in the 21st Century)

by Bernard Block
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Portrait of Steve NoJobs from the After-life

by Bernard Block
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How Jesus became homeless in NYC in the Twenty-first Century

by Bernard Block
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moonlight blue touch

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Death Comes for James Baldwin

by Bernard Block
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Intimations in the mist

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Mary Magdalene and the Stoners

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This was that earth of which we had heard carved out of Chaos and Old Night

by Bernard Block

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