Gary Beck, 10/10/2016

Current Occupation: I am currently a writer
Former Occupation: I was formerly a director/playwrite.
Contact Information: 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 and 3 more are accepted for publication. 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, Perceptions (Winter Goose Publishing), Fault Lines, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings, The Remission of Order and Tremors will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Call to Valor (Gnome on Pigs Productions), Acts of Defiance (Artema Press). Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Sudden Conflicts by Lillicat Publishers and State of Rage by Rainy Day Reads Publishing. 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.

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The Builders are Departing

Citizens go about their business
trading stocks,
dealing drugs,
building weapons,
with little concern
for the future,
assuming others
will do the chores
to maintain the nation
preserve society
so another generation
might have opportunity,
rapidly diminishing
in a troubled land.

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Labor Pool

People walk the streets
intent on destinations,
many hurry
afraid of being late
to tenuous job
in a time of insecurity,
bosses demanding efforts
with threats of outsourcing
where workers eagerly
toil for less money,
no benefits,
grateful for employment
their needs no different
than in other lands,
families must be provided for,
children must be fed,
educated
so their tomorrows
will be better than
struggling parents
striving to endure
natural disasters
arbitrary inflictions
of careless oligarchs.

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All Shoppers Are Brothers

Degrees of difference
still exist
between holders of dollars
and holders of euros,
while the vast gap
separating nations
is being bridged
by the internet,
the variance in usage
determined by money,
soon to be erased 
by on-line shopping.

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