From Temporal Dreams

January 25, 2018



We bring you new work from Gary Back, poems from (as of yet unpublished) collection Temporal Dreams. More of his work can be found here (April, 2017).


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 (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 and Flare Up by Michael Terrence Publishing (MTP. 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.


Vested Interests

Insubstantial wisps of hope
possess us
despite reason,
which should make clear
the wealthy and powerful
do not care
what befalls the nation
as  long as they have their comforts.



Power Corrupts

The affairs of state,
the needs of the people
are cruelly dismissed
by the manipulative few
indifferent to the damage
they wreak on the nation,
uncaring for the  harm
to needy citizens.
Selfishly absorbed
in their own cravings
the wealthy
will destroy the system
rather than tolerate




To all of us
who have desired
what we cannot have,
did not get,
discarded clumsily
from attainments,
dividing us harshly
into the few
who get what they want,
the many turned away
without achievements.
Those who accept their lot
find a modicum of satisfaction.
Those who resent their fate
fall into crime, dysfunction, madness,
outcasts of civilization
denied participation
by the prosperous.



Mansions in the Sky

If I win the lottery
I'll buy a big mansion
with a giant movie screen
and a popcorn machine,
a bowling alley
and lots of other things
that I dream of having,
and I know
the numbers I dreamed last night
are definitely a winner.




I once met a man
who claimed he spent his life
searching for eternal truth
and he spoke volubly
of the joy of seeking,
but when I questioned him
he droned generalities
not much different
from superficial philosophers,
and many years later
when I remembered him
for a brief moment,
he was still a fool.



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