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Acts of Defiance Press Release

Acts of Defiance 

by Gary Beck 

For Immediate Release 

Randy’s father takes a poor city boy, Steve, for the summer. The boys become fast friends destined for great adventures. From persuading a Marine Corps recruiter to enlist them at the age of thirteen to surviving a wild storm under sail, the boys move on to college with a commitment to change the world. For Steve, this means playing by the rules and working within the system. For Randy, this means studying Chinese to read the words of Chairman Mao and joining a group committed to overthrowing the international yoke of capitalism in underprivileged countries, preferably by violence. As men, Steve and Randy’s choices lead in opposite directions, but when Randy becomes a fugitive, Steve is there to help him. As much as Acts of Defiance is about different approaches to combatting injustice, it is, at its heart, a story about the enduring bonds of friendship in a tumultuous era. 

A beautiful and moving story – Whortleberry Press 

A most excellent tale – Sliptongue Magazine 

Beautifully written – Footsteps to Oxford Magazine 

A breath of fresh air – The Heat 

A wonderful read – Enigma Magazine 

Acts of Defiance is a 218 page novel in paperback with a price of $13.99.  ISBN 1912056860. Kindle for $4.99. Published by Wordcatcher Publishing. Now available through all major retailers. For  information or to request a review copy, contact: david@wordcatcher.com 

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Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. He has 14 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, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations and Rude Awakenings (Winter Goose Publishing) The Remission of Order, Contusions and Desperate Seeker will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications). Blossoms of Decay, Expectations and Blunt Force (Wordcatcher Publishing). Temporal Dreams and Transitions will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor and Crumbling Ramparts (Gnome on Pig Productions). As part of the continuing series, ‘Stand to Arms Marines’, Gnome on Pig Productions will publish the third book in the series, Raise High the Walls. Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). Acts of Defiance (Wordcatcher Publishing. Flare Up will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing.  Extreme Change will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His short story collections include, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing). Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories (Wordcatcher Publishing). The Republic of Dreams and other essays (Gnome on Pig Productions).Feast or Famine and other one-act plays will be published by Wordcatcher 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 lives in New York City.  

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Review of “The Republic of Dreams”

The Republic of Dreams and other essays Review – Jim Bennett

Social commentary in 50 essays. Not for the faint of feint. This is serious American introspection.

Five stars.

As always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later. My task here is to explain what I saw in this work.

There are many powerful statements made by Beck here. I don’t agree with all of them, and expect that, like me, you will be forced to rethink many of your ‘given’ facts.

For example, in What Level Destruction, we find this: “The concept of privacy in public is contradictory.” Beck thinks more CCTV in places like parks would help protect the weak, including children. Hard to argue against that one.

Beck’s view of homelessness needs its own comment. Buy the book and turn to this page.

Beck is a serious critic of the arts as they exist in the USA today. He says, correctly imho, that publication need surpasses quality. In The Evolution of Poetry, we find this: “Consequently, much of the effort to publish poetry by income oriented editors encourages poets who value the arbitrary acceptances beyond any meaningful worth.”

Beck is worried about the arts again, In Where Have All the Classics gone, where we find this: “This was an ill-considered collaboration between the actor’s union, an organization characterized by 95% professional unemployment of its members, and producers.”

Cynical? In Revive Our Theatre Audiences, this: “Overly enthusiastic response is basically an expression of self-approval for participation in cultural affairs.”

And finally, Beck takes on the NRA and the ubiquitous gun culture. In Why We Don’t Need Background Checks to Purchase Guns, this: “The opportunity to mow down a deer with a burst of automatic fire is inherent in the fundamental values of America.”

Social commentary is often biased, short-sighted, sometimes even ranting. Beck has surpassed this by a very long stride. Roughly equal to best in genre? Right on. Five stars, and extremely recommended.

Kindle Book Review Team member. 

The Republic of Dreams Press Release


The Republic of Dreams

and other essays 

by 

Gary Beck 

For Immediate Release 

From the previous published essays of New York author Gary Beck, comes The Republic of Dreams. A collection of his best essays with concerns for modern world and its interaction with the government body that rules over it. 

“A thought provoking collection for the modern age and future.”-Alexis Allinson 

Makes connections with rare clarity about USA – The Wimpole Street Gazette 

Justifiable criticism of the poet in our culture – Consciousness Literature and the Arts 

Very Provocative – Poetic Matrix Press  

The Republic of Dreams and other essays is a 287 page paperback with a retail price of $19.99 ISBN 9780359254255 also in a Kindle version for $4.99 published by Gnome on Pig Productions. Available now through all major retailers. For info or to request a review copy contact:  alexisallinson@gnomeonpigproductions

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Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. He has 14 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, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order (Winter Goose Publishing). Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications). Blossoms of Decay, Expectations and Blunt Force (Wordcatcher Publishing). His novels include: Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor and Crumbling Ramparts (Gnome on Pig Productions). Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). Acts of Defiance, Flare Up and Still Defiant will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. His short story collections include, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing). Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories (Wordcatcher Publishing). The Republic of Dreams and other essays (Gnome on Pig Productions). Feast or Famine & other plays will be published by Wordcatcher 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 lives in New York City.

The Remission of Order Review – Jim Bennett (KBR)

Amazon Review

social commentary, slices of life, in eighty-one poems – four stars.

For a cynical view of America at war, turn to Recruit. For additional social commentary, turn to Recurrent Haze, where you will find this: “The passage of time /deludes all of us.”

Beck can be touchingly personal, as in Voices of the Dead II, where we find this: “I think of my grandmother /who I never listened to /when she was alive, /always too impatient /to appreciate her. /Now I’m at a crossroads /between criminal acts/ and the need for something else, …”

Back to cynicism: turn to Charitable Contributions. Beck is not charitable to hypocrites.

For a bizarre and personal twist on religion, turn to Pet Cemetery. No spoilers here.

Beck can be deeply personal, as in Emergency Exit, which begins innocently thus: “I visited a friend /in the hospital, /where everyone I saw /looked ravaged by disease.” That’s not a spoiler, that’s only the beginning.

Social commentary is a recurring theme in this book, as in American Recession, which includes this: “no receipts for the funds /better spent at home, /there are no expressions of gratitude /for sacrifices made,…” (This reminds me of Robert Frost’s The Bonfire: War is for everyone, for children too.)

In Civil Rights for Witches I was reminded of a French philosopher who pointed out ‘equality’: it is illegal for boththe rich andthe poor to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal bread. Beck turns this idea sideways, but the characterization of persecution is similar, and Beck is dead on.

There is a lot of poignant social commentary here, including For Whom We Mourn V, and Voices of the Dead VI and VII.

I have other favourites in this volume, but the above should give you a feel for what’s on offer here. Beck is very good. Four stars plus for sure. Your personal rating may be higher.

Kindle Book Review Team member.

The Remission of Order Press Release

 The Remission of Order
A poetry collection by

Gary Beck

For Immediate Release
In this ever-changing world, it becomes more and more difficult to sift through events and recognize what is truly relevant. Poet Gary Beck once again shines a light on the uncomfortable abuses and deceptions that keep us opposing one another, believing people with different opinions are the enemy, while we are all victimized by a common foe.

Touching, emotional, inspirational, educational – Lost Tower Publications
We love them – Dove Tales
 
These poems are great. Knocked me sideways – Beatnik Magazine
The Remission of Order is a 127 page poetry collection. Available in paperback with a retail price of $11.99. ISBN 9781941058848, and a kindle edition for  $5.99. Published by Winter Goose Publishing. Available now through all major retailers. For information or to request a review copy, contact: jessica@wintergoosepublishing.com
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Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. He has 14 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, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order (Winter Goose Publishing). Contusions and Desperate Seeker will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications). Blossoms of Decay, Expectations and Blunt Force (Wordcatcher Publishing). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor and Crumbling Ramparts (Gnome on Pigs Productions). As part of the continuing series, ‘Stand to Arms Marines’, Gnome on Pigs Productions will publish the third book in the series, Raise High the Walls. Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). Acts of Defiance and Flare Up will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing.  Extreme Change will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His short story collections include, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing). Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories (Wordcatcher Publishing). The Republic of Dreams and other essays will be published by Gnome on Pigs Productions. 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 lives in New York City,