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Hard Times

by Gary Beck
(New York, New York, USA)
Published April 20, 2019
"Hard Times" by Gary Beck - 45 Poems - Eleventh Transmission
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Hard Times

On city streets where homeless sit,
row on row, a growing horde
beseeching passersby
with cardboard signs
proclaiming need.
And as winter grows colder
the abandoned men grow older,
weakening in the daily grind
to survive, endure,
without purpose, plan,
so far removed from privilege
that only unreasonable hope
prevents suicide
of a life already lost
in the unheeding world.


Biography
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 2 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 & Tremors (Winter Goose Publishing).
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 (Thurston Howl
Publications). Blossoms of Decay, Blunt Force and Expectations will be
published by Wordcatcher Publishing. Some of his novels are: Extreme
Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call
to Valor (Gnome on Pigs Productions) and Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat
Publishers). 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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