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Five Oceans in a Teaspoon Book/Exhibition Launch

September 27, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Five Oceans in a Teaspoon Book/Exhibition Launch

September 27, 7pm

Chelsea Wine Vault Event Space,

410 West 16th Street, NYC


Visualizing Dyslexia, Alzheimer’s, Patterns of War and Relationships Through Visual Poetry

Hosted by Brian Lehrer, reading/performance by Warren Lehrer, Dennis Bernstein & guests

In 1979, investigative journalist/poet Dennis J Bernstein and artist/author Warren Lehrer began working on a book of poems, originally titled Stretch Marks. Instead of completing that book, they leapt into writing their first play together, and over the intervening years they collaborated on three books, including French Fries, considered a classic in visual literature and expressive typography. A few years ago, they began collaborating again with a renewed focus on visual poetry, bringing together Bernstein’s words and Lehrer’s typographic visualizations.

On the 40th anniversary of their original effort and at the height of their creative powers, the muckraking journalist/poet and pioneer designer/author have completed FIVE OCEANS IN A TEASPOON (Paper Crown Press, Sept, 2019) which reads like a memoir in short visual poems. This exhibition features the 300 page book, prints of select poems from six of the eight movements, and animations of poems that visualize living with Alzheimer’s, a colony of ants surrounding an abandoned popsicle, police brutality (on steroids), spirits of lost loved ones, patterns of knitting clubs, war, love, and aging. Together, the writing and visuals bridge art, literature, memoir, old and new media, and engage the reader/viewer to become an active participant in the navigation, discovery, and experience of each poem.


The Gallery is open for viewing Fridays 2-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12-6pm, and by appointment. Contact colleen@citylore.org to schedule an appointment outside regular gallery hours.


Chelsea Wine Vault Event Space
410 West 16th Street
New York, NY United States
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