Virtual Living. Selected Poems. Gary Beck.


Virtual Living is an unpublished collection vitally concerned with the growing frequency of 
substituting electronic interaction for physical activity. Gary Beck.
Internet Services
may vex
concerned moms,
prudish wives,
jealous lovers,
social moralists,
but junior,
boy friend,
assorted creeps,
won't catch disease
from small screens.
Cities breed illusions,
safety, security,
compelling abdication
of traditional instincts
that once facilitated
hunting, gathering,
arbitrarily substituting
cell phone stores,
nail salons,
creating nothing,
reducing paper
to electronic transmissions
requiring devotion
to screens of diversion,
replicating reality.
a mild delusion
for millennia
of insecure
human expectations
doomed by nature
that compels vacating
short-term housing.
Captive Audiences
Securely perched
in front of tv,
future concerns
totally erased
direct transmissions
of subtle commandments
to sit back,
do nothing,
anesthetizes viewers.
Detached Observers
The Roman Empire collapsed
succumbing to the onslaught
of barbarian hordes,
while isolated monks
in secure monasteries
preserved the heritage
of civilization.
As America declines
dwellers in ivory towers,
electronic custodians
of human knowledge,
cannot conceive
there is no protection
in accessible colleges
from social disorder.

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. His chapbook ‘Remembrance’ was published by Origami Condom Press, ‘The Conquest of Somalia’ was published by Cervena Barva Press, ‘The Dance of Hate’ was published by Calliope Nerve Media, ‘Material Questions’ was published by Silkworms Ink, ‘Dispossessed’ was published by Medulla Press, ‘Mutilated Girls’ was published by Heavy Hands Ink and ‘Pavan andother poems was published by Indigo Mosaic. A collection of his poetry ‘Days of Destruction’ was published by Marie Celeste Press. Another collection ‘Expectations’ was published by Rogue Scholars Press and ‘Dawn in Cities’ and ‘Assault on Nature’ are being published by Winter Goose Press. His novel ‘Extreme Change’ was published by Cogwheel Press. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry has appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City .



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