Transitions Review – LB Sedlacek (The Poetry Market Ezine)
Gary Beck’s poems in this collection leave lasting impressions. His work succeeds in finding readers without effort. He jumps from moment to moment in each poem opening doors into his author’s view like window shopping.
In the poem “Non-Choice,” he eloquently illustrates the toils and troubles of a necessity of a job needed to live comparing it to life on the street. In “Vector,” he likens culture to “plague” and in “Age Old Story” he delves into a political view of the “disadvantaged.” “After effect” addresses
the electronic age of social media an electronics takeover. While “Sales Allure” will set you straight about retail therapy. “Dangers of the Road” pinpoints device addition with the lines: “enrapt in texting / walking well-trod paths / oblivious to hazard.”
His poems aren’t just trite words on the page – each one has something in it that will resonate. The beauty of poetry is that you can get a lot across in as few or as many lines as you want. Beck crafts his poems with a vision that is personal but informed. He engages everything from tourists to climate change to storms and more – all of it powerful words packing a punch.
About L.B. Selacek Editor – The Poetry Market Ezine
LB is a Poet, Author, Editor, Publisher and Critic.
For Immediate Release
Earth Links contrasts the work of nature with the work of man, often revealing our flagrant madness.
Meaningful and constructive – Spectrum and Heart
We love your poems – New Literary Journal
Memorable and Remarkable – Terrene Magazine
Earth Links is a 104 page poetry book in paperback with a price of $15.00 ISBN 978-81-8253-673-9. from Cyberwit Publishing. The Kindle version is $2.99 Soon available through all major retailers. For information or to request a review copy, c0ntact:
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, The Remission of Order andContusions (Winter Goose Publishing). 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, Blunt Force and Transitions (Wordcatcher Publishing). Temporal Dreams will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. Earth Links (Cyberwit Publishing). His novels include: Extreme Change(Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor andCrumbling 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 (Wordcatcher Publishing). Still Defiant (The sequel to Acts of Defiance) 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). The Big Match 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.
Cyberwit seeks to publish the best in poetry from novices to established poets. Our published Anthologies and Journal Taj Mahal Review have poems that are sensuous, picturesque and impassioned. The poems reveal a fine combination of human elements of romance and the mystic & everyday realities. Cyberwit has published a myriad of new poets, and an increasingly large number of collections of verse. The significance of Poetry has not declined, and the 21st century seems to be the Golden Era of English Poetry. The name of Cyberwit is known to readers in several countries. www.cyberwit.net
Over one hundred wide-ranging poems.
As always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later.
In this collection Beck touches on a number of themes. Deeply patriotic, the state of the nation nags at him from all directions – politics, poverty, activism, passivity.
For a sad narrative, turn to Ailing Elder. Losing the will to live is starkly depicted.
Spoiler alert: this is the entire poem Observer. “I used to watch /the clock at school /go spitefully slower. /Now I watch /the nursing home clock /go spitefully faster.”
Hunkering down for winter is captured in the longer narrative Chores, which begins thus: “The sun rises later, /sets earlier, /the days grow cooler. /I take in the patio furniture, …”
For social commentary with a political thread, turn to Presidential Election.
One theme Beck mentions is, what happens if the power goes out? In Blackout II this is explored. (Imho civilization would crash in about a week. No gas pumps, no deliveries, no pumping of potable water.)
Now back to the star count. 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. I try hard to be consistent. I think four stars is correct; clearly recommended.Kindle Book Review Team member.
Let’s get to the good stuff: 97 poems. These poems cover a lot of ground – the human condition. Beck’s range here is enormous. Expect to be surprised. I realized on re-reading how large Beck’s scope is in this work.
For a start, turn to Ode to the Passage of Time. In this short poem, Beck speaks for all of us.
In Health Problems, Beck visits an experience we’ve all had: too much waiting.
For cynicism, turn to Media Face, where our gullibility with politicians is mocked.
Patriotism? Turn to Ode to Neil Armstrong. When did the USA give up on space?
Life? turn to Hidden Treasure.
Social commentary? turn to A NIght Out.
Foreign policy? Turn to Policy Shift. It turns out the US’s main fault is being visible.
Art? turn to Applied Art.
Social commentary? Turn to Cleanliness Bias, where the rich are clean (of course).
Finally, turn to Policy Issues. It’s easy to make other peoples hate us.
This is a fine work by a fine poet. Five stars is an easy decision.
My book of essays is Gnome on Pig’s first non-fiction book!