Friday, February 5, 2016

Gary Beck- Three Poems

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer when he couldn’t make a living in theater. He has 11 published chapbooks. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays (Winter Goose Publishing). Fault Lines, Perceptions, Tremors and Perturbations will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance will be published by Dreaming Big Press. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press) Acts of Defiance (Artema Press). Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing). His short story collection, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City.
is starting to look
like everyone else,
provided by tv,
increasing protein,
similar attire,
identical homes,
at least for those
who can afford homes,
definitely receding,
conquered by stereotypes.
Erratic Days
We can no longer rely
on stable weather patterns,
with rapid temperature flux,
extremely powerful storms,
too much or too little rain,
all disrupting acclimatization,
due to the shock of climate change.
Korean Understudies
Huge armies
armed with powerful weapons
capable of great destruction,
face each other, kept apart
by an imaginary line
arbitrarily designed
to separate two enemies,
supported by two rivals,
avoiding direct warfare,
substituting tensions
for violent confrontation
by volatile proxies.


  1. All three were interesting poems. I liked Similarity
    we fall prey to the media. The screen dictates our lives. We need special glasses to see the truth. That was actually a movie.

  2. Thought provoking poems with a vividness and focused individuality of contemporary reality.