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Extreme Change Press Release

Extreme Change
A novel by

Gary Beck

For Immediate Release

A middle class family flees the crime and poverty of Detroit for a fresh start in New York City. A fire leaves them homeless and they are forced into the nightmare of the homeless system. A determined woman saves her family and new friends from a violent gang, so they can start a new life.

Extreme Change is a 277 page novel. Available in paperback with a retail price of $15.99. ISBN: 978-1-941058-99-2, the kindle edition is $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

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/194105899X

Gary Beck has spent most of his life as a theater director and as an art dealer when he couldn’t earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. 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 and his published books include 26 poetry collections, 10 novels, 3 short story collections, 1 collection of essays and 1 collection of one-act plays. Published poetry books include:  Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings, The Remission of Order, Contusions and Desperate Seeker(Winter Goose Publishing. Forthcoming: Learning Curve and Ignition Point). Blossoms of Decay, Expectations, Blunt Force, Transitions, Mortal Coil and Temporal Dreams (Wordcatcher Publishing, Forthcoming: Redemption Value and Fractional Disorder). Earth Links, Too Harsh For Pastels and Severance (Cyberwit Publishing). His novels include a series ‘Stand to Arms, Marines’: Call to Valor, Crumbling Ramparts and Raise High the Walls (Gnome on Pig Productions). Acts of Defiance, Flare Up and Still Defiant (Wordcatcher Publishing. Forthcoming: Until the Bell and Pirate Spring). Extreme Change(Winter Goose Publishing). His short story collections include: A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing) and 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 (Wordcatcher Publishing, Forthcoming: Collected Plays of Gary Beck Volume 1 and Four Plays by Moliere – Translated then Directed by Gary Beck)). Plays of Aristophanes, translated then directed by Gary Beck will be published by Cyberwit Publishing. Gary 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:http://wintergoosepublishing.com/ 

Too Harsh For Pastels Review –  LB Sedlacek

Gary Beck is not afraid to examine harsh subjects in this new collection of poems.

In “Treacherous Path” he delves into American in the 50’s:   “Somehow / poverty was ignored,” “Then television entered our homes / accompanied by advertising / promoting wondrous goods / denied previous generations,”.  It is a time capsule of a poem. 

In “Unequal Conditions” he looks at  people who can’t pay their power bill while “Ravenous Appetite” is about a hungry child in “our promised land.” “Downsized” looks at job loss.

He is very brave to write about the emergency room in a poem by the same name.

From “Emergency Room”: “I feel sick. /
I have trouble breathing. / I rush to the
emergency room. / The make me wait. /
I sit for twenty minutes / on a stained plastic
bench / retaining the liquids / of blood,
vomit, urine, / stifling my breath…”

He captures the waiting room of an ER well, the desperateness, the hope for help, the true life experience most all of us have probably endured.

In “Art for the People” he gets to the heart of just that:  introspection and art.

“Before abstract painting / people didn’t
always know / what the picture meant.”
Lines like these keep you entranced and
wanting to read more.

You can tell when reading these poems that Beck has experienced a thing or two. His poems condense or expand relationships, emotions, experiences into verses that resonate. He is articulate and seems to know just what to write.

These poems give impact, they aren’t  just made up of carelessly tossed together words. Because we are human, it’s good to have words that relate to that and everything else.

In the poem “Rigorous Journey” you will feel like you become part of it as you read it. 

“In the throb and pulse / of an
omnivorous city / we come and go /
so often unaware / of the fear, pain, death /
concealed from us by confining walls …”

This poetry book will make your heart stop, your emotions pound, your thoughts electric and that’s what poetry is meant to be.  It’s the kind of poetry book that makes you want to read or hear poems – it’s the kind of poetry book that leaves you wanting more.

Portland Metrozine Temporal Dreams Review

Temporal Dreams – Basha Krasnoff – Portland Metrozine
 
Congratulations on the publication of “Temporal Dreams.” As always your work is provocative and dares the reader to move into sometimes uncomfortable spaces to come to terms with the
truths you tell.
 
The Portland Metrozine is thrilled to share your work with our ever-growing literary community and we welcome your submissions.We continue to follow your accomplishments and thank you
for including us in your mailings.

Temporal Dreams Press Release

Temporal Dreams

by

Gary Beck

For Immediate Release

Temporal Dreams is a poetry collection that explores the complex, conflicted world we live in, with all the temptations and demands for material things. The poems present images and problems as we try to fit into our increasingly confusing society

Always a pleasure to read your work – The Avalon Literary Review

Your poems engage readers – Versewrights

A pleasure to read your work – Ink In Tears

I enjoyed reading your poems – Wax Poetry & Art International

Temporal Dreams is a 118 page poetry book in paperback at $10.99, ISBN 978-1789422719 and the kindle version is $5.16. Published by Wordcatcher Publishing as part of their Modern Poetry Series. Now available through all major retailers. For information or to request a review copy contact:
david@wordcatcher.com

 

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Temporal-Dreams-Wordcatcher-Modern-Poetry/dp/178942271X/

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn’t earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. 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 and his published books include 26 poetry collections, 10 novels, 3 short story collections, 1 collection of essays and 1 collection of his one-act plays. Published poetry books include:  Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings, The Remission of Order, Contusions and Desperate Seeker (Winter Goose Publishing. Forthcoming: Learning Curve and Ignition Point). Blossoms of Decay, Expectations, Blunt Force, Transitions, Mortal Coil and Temporal Dreams (Wordcatcher Publishing, Forthcoming: Redemption Value and Fractional Disorder). Earth Links and Too Harsh For Pastels (Cyberwit Publishing. Forthcoming: Severance). His novels include a series ‘Stand to Arms, Marines’: Call to Valor, Crumbling Ramparts and Raise High the Walls (Gnome on Pig Productions). Acts of Defiance, Flare Up and Still Defiant (Wordcatcher Publishing. Forthcoming: Until the Bell and Pirate Spring). Extreme Change will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. State of Rage(Cyberwit Publishing). His short story collections include: A Glimpse of Youth(Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing) and 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 (Wordcatcher Publishing, Forthcoming: Collected Plays of Gary Beck Volume 1 and Four Plays by Moliere – Translated and Directed by Gary Beck). Plays of Aristophanes will be published by Cyberwit Publishing. Gary lives in New York City.
 
Wordcatcher Publications. Indie publisher – born in Wales, serving the world. Authors are at the heart of everything – without their words we’d have nothing to publish.  https://wordcatcher.com 

The Big Match Review – Rhonda McClam

The Big Match and other one act plays, written by Gary Beck, is a book that I highly recommend! Here is a quick list and some comments about the plays that stood out the most to me:

Clown Show is one of my favorite one act plays because I enjoyed having the links to it so I could go on YouTube to see the play acted out in performance. Beck’s point of view seems to question, have “clowns” have lost their significance? Clowns reflect a brighter side of life- one that is shaped by positive forces. In reality, we have traded laughter and imagination for an infatuation with complex social, emotional and political issues. My impression of ‘The Clown Show’ was we as a society have a strong need- to laugh; to be creative; to be happy and love one another in the midst of a changing world that is often filled with negative distractions. The Clown Show represents the age of innocence and a brighter side of the character of humanity. Some of today’s youth would rather focus their energy on playing video games and watching television. Videos and shows filled with the most negativity gets the most hits. With the free-for-all of data at our fingertips, the biggest match is between our old selves and the new direction of today’s society. With the continued path of written, visual negativity flowing through the world, we may miss the chance to get lost in the wonders of life- like going to see the circus or clowns perform. It is that simple yet a huge fight for humanity!

Let’s take a look at the concept and principles of clowns and clown shows. Clowns tend to be nonverbal, yet with their facial expressions, movements, props and gestures, tend to “say” a lot. Additionally, clown shows have always been associated with laughing and having fun at the circus. Movies like “It”, the influx of digital and social media, as well as video games have given individuals an exciting and fast-paced lifestyle. Clowns have lost their significance yet represent an innocence that can never really be lost! If it were true along with it, goes the imagination and desire to be creative. The skill it takes to entertain people as a clown is an art form that will not ever die out for at the essence of a clown show is the energy of the spirit – something that can win over the ego!

It takes a great skill to synthesize multiple ideas into an one act play. “The Big Match” really represents a microcosm of the state of our society as are most of Beck’s one act plays. Imagine… a world where we continue to expose our young people to different ways to be naturally creative, while still embracing technology? That’s why “clowns” or symbols of fun and happiness in life must be preserved before we lose ourselves completely to machines and politics.

Art is Long made me realize how deeply a person’s interests and personality can contribute to the type of art that they buy. From this play, I learned quickly that art can be faked and many times even the art “experts” can’t really tell the difference between authentic art or a phony. That’s why it is important to purchase from an art dealer who is reputable. Beck skillfully takes on multiple perspectives with a duality of personalities. I never knew a writer could make so many statements about life in short plays. “Art is long” is the type of one-act play with a message that is not explicitly stated- it’s incredibly thought provoking pertaining to the complexities of issues, however, Beck is subtle at times so that the seriousness of comedy is revealed while you laugh.

Another play that strongly resonated with me was “The Big Match” where the protagonist tends to submit quickly to her emotionally toxic husband. It seems like the more passive she is, the more he shows the negative aspects of his personality. We can easily be drawn into her “nice-nasty” attitude because as is with some misunderstandings, if the other person took a moment to listen intently to what was being said, one would realize that it was just a battle of the ego. This play resonated with me because I often question how different life can be if we take ego out of the scenario and show love which is understanding.

The Chess Match was another example of man’s rage against the machine- or against oneself! In this play, the main character is willing to lose all he owns as he goes way out of control trying to prove himself in a similar manner that the man and his wife went at each other’s throat in “The Big Match”.

In these one-act plays, Beck is making bold assertions and challenging the human ego to expand itself and grow!

Mortal Coil Review – Godfrey Logan – Chicago Record Magazine

 
Mortal Coil is the man with the microphone and loud speaker in Times Square or State street in Chicago. The end is near. “Symptoms of disease course through the body politic, Ambition and greed.” Mortal Coil is the conscience of the people without being partisan. The drip of derision
in “Sterner Stuff.” ‘Their combined efforts got me mega yachts. Trophy wives. All the treasure money can buy. Mortal Coil is a call to arms but a weariness pervades and stunts those movements. A read for every Labor Day.