Eleventh Transmission –

"The New Way" by Gary Beck


Title image shows a row of modern windmills at dawn, with the sun rising.

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Published September 1st, 2023

The New Way

by Gary Beck
(New York, New York, United States)

We have been evolved
to live in cities,
leaving behind
farms and rural towns,
clustered together
yet kept far apart
by urban ethos:
'Do not know your neighbor'.
This is the reality
for most of us,
whether we like it or not.
We escape the cities
in brief vacations
determined by wealth.
We are so separated
we cannot unite
for protection, survival.
The Lords of Profit
reside elsewhere
and come to the cities
for business, pleasure
and are not vulnerable
like the rest of us.

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn't earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger, and a salvage diver. 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 and his published books include 37 poetry collections, 14 novels, 4 short story collections, 1 collection of essays, and 7 books of plays. Gary lives in New York City.

This poem is included in Poetry World #7, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in Eleventh Transmission:
Truth to Power
by Steven Bonato

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