Gary Beck | Gathering place

I do not live on the land
earning my daily bread
in the canyon of cities,
another exiled toiler
totally dependent
on the efforts of others
to provide food, shelter, power,
all the necessities
to continue existence
in an alien environment
artificially constructed
by congregating men
for protection, security,
most individuals unaware
of the fragility
of the means of supply.

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director an art dealer. He has 12 published chapbooks and two 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, Tremors and Perturbations (Winter Goose Publishing). Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order will also be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His short story collections include A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications) and Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing). His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced off-Broadway, while his poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City. 

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