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Press Release for My New Poetry Book “Rude Awakenings”

Rude Awakenings
A poetry collection by

Gary Beck

For Immediate Release

Can an artist achieve the American dream without compromising creativity? Can lovers navigate the search of their desires while mourning the loss of past connection? And if the disillusioned accept our world of empty promises, don’t we all lose when that fire burns out? Poet Gary Beck masterfully approaches serious questions of human integrity, as well as the small odd moments our realities may share, in his brilliant new collection, Rude Awakenings.

We love your poems – Orchards Poetry

Wonderful work – Panoplyzine

Imagery and emotion that felt unique yet universal – Paradise Review

Rude Awakenings is a 112 page poetry collection. Available in paperback with a retail price of $11.99. ISBN 1941058809, and a kindle edition for $4.99. Published by Winter Goose Publishing. Available now through all major retailers. For information or to request a review copy, contact:
jessica@wintergoosepublishing.com
https://www.amazon.com/Rude-Awakenings-Gary-Beck/dp/1941058809/

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 2 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, Perturbations and Rude Awakenings (Winter Goose Publishing). 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 and Expectations (Wordcatcher Publishing). Blunt Force 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 and Acts of Defiance by Wordcatcher Publishing. His short story collections include, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications) and. Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing). Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories 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 currently lives in New York City where he’ll be directing one of his plays.

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: www.wintergoosepublishing.com

Expectations

A poetry collection by

Gary Beck

For Immediate Release

Expectations presents a bold new collection of poems from Gary Beck. His explorations of a ‘bankrupt civilization’ and society’s dependence on the cycle of consumerism make a reflective and at times uncomfortable read. Gary is unafraid to challenge us, our ingrained behaviors and our apathy as a society.

He conjures up the city effortlessly, the challenges young people face growing up in the modern world, bittersweet endings and new beginnings. This new collection examines the turbulence of life, in flight or otherwise.

“Simply wonderful!” Matt Evelsizer – Calliope Nerve
“His work stirs the emotions.” Bill Brocato – The Houston Literary Review
“Great imagery!” Joanne Olivieri – Ya’Sou!

Expectations is a 92 page poetry book available in paperback with a retail price of $10.99, ISBN 1911265679. Also in a Kindle version for $5.99. Published by Wordcatcher Publishing. Available now through all major retailers. For information or to request a review copy, contact: david@wordcatcher.com

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1911265679/

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 2 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 where he’ll be directing one of his plays.

Now I Accuse Review by Jim Bennett (KBR)

Relevant stories, in a straightforward style with elegant yet simple prose. five stars

Beck chooses several points of view. The title story is told from the letter of an academic wondering if he should use a recently discovered paper to re-open the Dreyfus and Zola events. Is it safe to challenge modern France and its military? Will his expert adviser tell him the subject is already beaten to death?

The Man Who Shot Stonewall Jackson is told from the words of a veteran of the civil war. Here Beck uses an apparently simple story of war’s horror to ask key social questions.

For a tour-de-force in social commentary and prejudice, told so straightforwardly you’re inside the characters, turn to Intrusion. For a nice surprise ending, turn to The Encounter.

In The Epidemic of ’53: “The buildings were surrounded by neat but scraggly grass patches, giving the entire area the appearance of a sterile, small town college, where the local progressive citizenry might send their barely functional offspring to incubate and not embarrass the family.”

If you’re scrolling for my infamous tiny carps, you can just keep reading. Nothing of note. Back to the good stuff.

In Misspent: “John Richardson, a tall, weathered, handsome man, lost to passing time and stares of hungry curiosity, sat on a small wooden bench as the snow hurled taunting tastes of cold tears in the small garden, part of a posh building that he had carved himself apart to possess.”

For a modern version of a parable, turn to Journey, which takes place in the deep past in China. Is there a moral to this story? Buy the book and turn to this page for a fast introduction to Beck’s scope.

Here is my boilerplate text on star counts. 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. Beck is up against some really big names, like Faulkner and Steinbeck. (The Sound and the Fury; Of Mice and Men.) In this company Beck stands pretty tall. Five stars seems right on to this curmudgeon. Extremely recommended.

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