Street People II by Gary Beck

An old chinese woman,

face inscrutable

from suffering, isolation

in an alien land,

plods uncomforting streets

pushing her shopping cart

bulging with coke cans,

a night’s supper

if exchange is fortuitous,

passes a sports bar

temporary occupants

crowded together outside

drinking, smoking, cursing, flirting,

none noticing rapid transit

of the invisible woman.

From: Desperate Seeker
‘Desperate Seeker’ is a poetry collection that uncovers the anger, fear and horror that resounds in the powerful struggle of existence.
 
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 (Winter Goose Publishing). Perceptions, Displays, Fault Lines and Tremors will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response will be published by Nazar Look. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press) Acts of Defiance (Artema Press). Flawed Connections has been accepted for publication (Black Rose Writing). His short story collection, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). 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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