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Now I Accuse – Press Release

Now I Accuse
A short story collection by

Gary Beck

For Immediate Release

Diving deep into love, enmity, compassion, and regret, acclaimed poet Gary Beck brings us through the complexities of life with his brilliant collection of short stories, Now I Accuse. As hope-filled dreams collide with cruel reality, some will rise above adversity, some will give under its weight, but most will find a place in between where they can more comfortably discover where they belong in this turbid world.

A crisp, clean slice of the human condition – The Blotter Magazine

Great. We love it – Fabula Argentea

I didn’t want it to end – Clever Magazine

Now I Accuse is a 150 page short story collection. Available in paperback with a retail price of $11.99. ISBN 941058752 and a Kindle for $4.99. Published Through Winter Goose Publishing. Available now through all major retailers. For information or to request a review copy, contact:
jessica@wintergoosepublishing.com

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 12 published chapbooks and 1 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 and Perturbations (Winter Goose Publishing) 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 (Wordcatcher Publishing). Blunt Force and Expectations will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor (Gnome on Pigs Productions) and Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). State of Rage will be published by Rainy Day Reads Publishing, Crumbling Ramparts by Gnome on Pigs Productions. His short story collections include, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications) and. Now I Accuse and other stories (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.

Winter Goose Publishing is an independent publisher founded in 2011. We are a royalty-paying publisher dedicated to putting out the best literature in prose, poetry and art; covering a variety of genres. For more information go to: Winter Goose Publishing

Blossoms of Decay
A poetry collection by

Gary Beck

For Immediate Release

Direct, cutting, and visceral. Gary Beck takes no prisoneers and writes in an uncompromising style. His subjects include politics, the state of America, and teenage bullying. Love or hate his views, you will certainly know where you stand. His style makes comulsive reading and you will move from poem to poem as if in a tunnel pursued by a runaway train. Be sure to jump clear so you can return to enjoy his writing more deeply. An established and prolific author, Gary has many more titles to come with Wordcatcher Publishing.

Beck writes passionately about his subject matter. He brings poverty, wealth and class
center stage. We are presented with inequities rooted in divisions of class. There is no hiding place, nor mixing of words nor compromise. – Poets Network and Exchange Magazine

Blossoms of Decay is a 136 page poetry book available in paperback with a retail price of $9.99. ISBN 191126561X and also in a Kindle version for $4.99. Published through Wordcatcher Publishing. Available now through all major retailers. For information or to request a review copy, contact:
david@wordcatcher.com

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 12 published chapbooks and 1 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 and Perturbations (Winter Goose Publishing) 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 (Wordcatcher Publishing). Blunt Force and Expectations will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor (Gnome on Pigs Productions) and Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). State of Rage will be published by Rainy Day Reads Publishing, Crumbling Ramparts by Gnome on Pigs Productions. His short story collections include, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications) and. Now I Accuse and other stories (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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Perturbations Review

Perturbations Review – Sam Rose (Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine) Iss 33

Perturbations is the latest offering from New York poet Gary Beck. This full-length poetry collection covers a range of topics, from themes of patriotism in “Pledge” to memory and the passing of time in “Retrieved Moments”. Love, loss, nature and freedom are just a few of the themes you’ll find in this book, and there are a few rhyming pieces in the collection, too, which I found rather pleasing.

Personally preferring the softer and most emotive, “Shock” is one of my favourites. Here’s just part of it:

I say one final word
then we part
and sagging from sorrow,
though part we must,
I walk the hurricane night
unable to touch anyone,
unable to find rest.

You’re likely to find something that speaks to you in this collection, whether it’s an empathetic story of sadness, or poignant social commentary. You may have read more of the latter from Gary Beck in his previous work, such as his collection Fault Lines, which we reviewed in Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine Issue 22 in February 2017. However, Perturbations offers more personal, touching poems about love, lust, relationships and sorrow, making this quite a diverse collection.

Perturbations by Gary Beck is available in paperback through all major retailers, and on Kindle. Find out more about Gary at www.garycbeck.com.

Hallowed Be Thy Gun – Press Release


Hallowed Be Thy Gun
A chapbook by

Gary Beck

For Immediate Release
  
Hallowed Be Thy Gun is a long poem in a chapbook format. It starts when a householder does his duty in the French and Indian War. He passes his musket on to succeeding generations, who go to war, face the dramatic changes in America and struggle to preserve their families as life becomes more complicated and demanding.

Hallowed Be Thy Gun is a poetry chapbook published by Atlantean Publishing. The price is £3, £6 outside the U.K. Payable by Paypal or Sterling Check. Contact DJ Tyrer at atlanteanpublishing@hotmail.com for orders

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 and Perturbations (Winter Goose Publishing) 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. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor (Gnome on Pigs Productions) and Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). State of Rage will be published by Rainy Day Reads Publishing, Crumbling Ramparts by Gnome on Pigs Productions. His short story collection, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications) and. 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.
 
Atlantean Publishing is an established British small press, publishing short fiction, poetry and some non-fiction pieces, run since 1996 by its founding editor DJ Tyrer. It produces several regular ‘zines and an increasing variety of other publications in a distinctive ‘no-frills’ style, featuring a wide range of authors and contributors from the UK and elsewhere, the small-press scene and beyond.  
             http://atlanteanpublishing.blogspot.com

Robin Goodfellow’s Review of My Book Perturbations

Robin Goodfellow rated it it was amazing on Goodreads
-I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Perturbations, by Gary Beck, is a collection of poetry that details the beautiful, yet shattered portrait that makes up humanity.

The poems discern the seemingly trivial characteristics that life possesses. From an empty pledge of loyalty taken from an unknowing child, to a summer camp specifically designed for torture, Beck quietly illustrates the aspects of what makes us iridescently imperfect. With each poem comes the clear depiction of timeless values that each generation continues to pass down. The experiences we have, from love, to event nostalgia, are illustrated within the these pages that will leave readers astounded.

One of my favorite poems in this book was titled Common Sparrow, a poem about comforting a child, and watching them in a way a mother bird would watch over her tiny sparrow. When I read this, I couldn’t help but remember the times when my baby nephew would sleep in his cradle, or the night when my parents first brought him home from the hospital. He looked so tiny, and I couldn’t help but feel like everything in the world was out to get him. Still, whenever I read this poem, I thought of it as a sort of lullaby, one that reassured me that everything was going to be fine. Just like this poem, the words in this collection provide a gentle, soothing atmosphere that allows the reader time to reflect and ensure that they understood the meaning behind these poems.

Because of this, I would give this collection an overall rating of a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Beck draws from the bittersweet traits of life, if only to weave it into an embroidery of words readers will find enjoyable. I loved this book, and will recommend it to poetry lovers of all ages.

Jessica Bronder’s Review of my book Perturbations

Perturbations by Gary Beck

Evoking concern about disruptions to the desire for a comfortable, prosperous, untroubled life, Perturbations leads us through all its gloriously chaotic uncertainties.

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Gary Beck

Author’s Bio

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 will be published by Thurston Howl Publications. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing) and Call to Valor (Gnome on Pigs Productions). Sudden Conflicts ( Lillicat Publishers) State of Rage will be published by Rainy Day Reads Publishing. 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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My Review

5 stars

Perturbations is a magnificent collection of poems from Gary Beck. The poems are about many things we face in our lives. From birth to death, love and loss, and loneliness. We start with the Pledge of Allegiance and go from there.

Gary Beck has such a way with words that you feel part of every poem. I will be honest, I’m not really a poetry person so there were a couple poems that I had to go back and reread. To think about the whole picture, not just what you see when reading the poem but feel too.

Function speaks of “exuberant spring” and how “I sit on depression bed.” Sanctuary about an apartment where you “take refuge in a secret haven.” A Defeat hits home with “crippled, strength fled, wingless, unable to seek refuge.”

This is a great collection of touching poetry that I strongly recommend checking out. It would be the perfect addition to anyone’s shelves.

I received Perturbations from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

Review of Perturbations by Jim Bennett

One Hundred and Seven poems covering social commentary and human experience.
four stars.

This review is only the opinion of one person. So, as always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later. Let’s get to the good stuff: Beck’s work.

Beck often does social commentary, and the opening poem, Pledge, is an interesting (and somewhat cynical) example. You will find this again in Punishment Camp. Beck has moved (imho) more strongly into communicating an experience, for example The Wonder of Birth, where we find this: “Children are stars /fallen from a dimness, /until the freedom thump….”

There are personal relationship experiences here, some of which are touchingly sad, as in Last Stop, where we find this: “Then you stood up with /your surprising thighs, /passed me like a woman strutting /before the passenger’s approving eyes /as I felt stripped naked,…”

Living in a mixed and perhaps unfriendly neighbourhood is captured in Remote Companions: “My neighbors’ faces are closed doors /and their forbidden apartments /leak sounds of mysterious events.” The poem goes on from there, believe me.
There is sex here, but it is not graphic while well done; for example in Construction Site we find this: “Shall I tell myself /my hands have never touched /the softness of your hips, /my mouth the aphrodisiac of your lips, /when they have learned to fit you?”

For another reflection on sex and love, turn to Past Yearnings, where Beck shows that he can rhyme very well when he chooses to do so.

Beck rhymes again in Lost Search, which is difficult to describe in a sentence. Buy the book and turn to this poem.

For a spin on voyeurism, turn to Peeper. Here Beck has close rhymes which seem natural, while conveying a personal experience.

I have reviewed Beck before. This is both like and unlike his earlier work. If you enjoyed Beck’s voice in earlier books, you’ll find that here too. But you will also find more ‘reach’ into your gut with conveyed experience. Some of these poems are complex; my notes include ‘reread this one’ at least a few times. Beck is worthy of your time and attention.
All that said, how do I come up with a star count? Here comes the boilerplate:

My personal guidelines, when doing an ‘official’ KBR review, are as follows: five stars means, roughly equal to best in genre. Rarely given. Four stars means, extremely good. Three stars means, definitely recommendable. I am a tough reviewer. Beck is maybe at four point four nine stars here, and that’s only one opinion. Your personal rating may well be higher. Four stars from this curmudgeon is a strong recommendation. I really enjoyed reading this book.

Kindle Book Review Team member.

(Note: this reviewer received a free copy of this book for an independent review. He is not associated with the author or Amazon.)