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"Convulsions" by Gary Beck


Title image shows a nightime view of a lit up bridge over a river and lit up buildings in the background.

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Published September 1, 2021


by Gary Beck
(New York, New York)

Your changing face, city,
features past remembrance
streets I have known, walked,
proclaiming me a stranger
bewildered in a foreign land
bereft of landmarks,
familiar places departed,
buildings where friends resided,
stores where I shopped,
restaurants where I dined,
all gone, as if never were.
No reminders remain
who lived, worked, played, loved,
no placards, signs, memorials,
only trace recollections
of another life.

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 27 poetry collections, 10 novels, 3 short story collections, 1 collection of essays, and 1 collection of one-act plays.

Previously published in NYC Poetry Magazine:
"Playing Around With Time" by Jacques Rey Charlier

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