The tourists have departed. The last trickles of heat sink into city concrete warming no one. The tourists have departed and the weary shopkeepers shut their doors early, go home to count their Euros, await the lonely morning for the shoppers have moved on to warmer climes, seeking fun in the sun, sexual encounters, targets for cameras. So the city moves at a … [Read more...]
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 (Dreaming Big Press). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press) Acts of Defiance (Artema Press). Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing). Call to Valor will be published by Gnome on Pigs Productions. 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.
The sparrows of Bryant Park have a privileged life, no natural predator to threaten them. The migrants, warblers, juncos, chickadees, not as aggressive, do not disrupt the feeding cycle. But one day a homeless man brought two cats on leashes to the safe haven. Ignorant birds never saw a cat before, instincts dormant approached the felines who … [Read more...]
I do not have good dreams trapped in a vortex of swirling emotions not of my own making, reenacting the past in nightmare scenarios always menacing, violent, painfully intense until the last moment of manufactured anguish. I awaken trembling, drenched in sweat having barely escaped unconscious disaster. … [Read more...]
Primary education provided by tv, subtracts imagination from development, substituting endless desire for luxuries displayed. Never before in history has such a powerful tool allowed the seekers of profit to manipulate the people without their discovering they were being enslaved by messages of acquisition. … [Read more...]