We Interrupt This Broadcast

Two Poems by
Gary Beck
 
Recurrence
 
Despite the advances
in technology
that we take for granted,
some of us
still camp out for days
to get the latest gadget.
And as the Information Age evolves
addicting us
to electronic services
beyond comprehension
a century ago,
civilization
grinds to a halt,
as it always has,
when terrorists assault
the vulnerable public.
 
The Natural Way
 
Most of us
have strong feelings
and get annoyed
irritated, angry,
lose control
in varying degrees
generally confined
to emotional outbursts,
often resulting
in harsh words,
nasty confrontations,
frequent violence,
but the simmering desire
to hurt strangers,
create mass destruction
is rooted in nature’s
basic harshness
affecting all life.
 
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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.
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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott serves as an editor for The Peregrine Muse, Happy Hour Hallelujah, and Novelmasters.

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