Three Poems

Gary Beck

Homeless V

Lunchtime in Bryant Park
is the best time
to go through trash cans
and retrieve cans and bottles
for redemption, five cents each.
There’s always leftover food
and liquid in the bottles,
so I manage to eat,
as long as it’s nice out,
for when it rains,
people stay indoors
and I can’t find anything.



Each street
a living, breathing
fragment of the fabric
holding together
functional enactment
to the livelihood
of individuals,
the urban mass,
many struggling to survive
a harsh environment
to hunter/gatherers.


Damming the Electronic Stream

Is Times Square still considered
the crossroads of the world?
In the Information Age
electrons are the travelers
and except for local restrictions
of forbidden transmissions,
the unstructured data flow
is barely comprehended
by social media users
consumed by the inane,
while the rich and powerful
establish control
of the data highways.


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 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 & Fault Lines (Winter Goose Publishing). Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). Virtual Living will be published by Thurston Howl Publications. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing) and Call to Valor (Gnome on Pigs Productions). Sudden Conflicts will be published 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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