Dehumanization

Interruptions of service
was once met with outrage,
indignation at bus strike,
bitter complaint when a tv show stopped,
all the inflictions on a spoiled public
characterized by abundance,
accustomed to sufficiency,
except for the poor
neglected by all societies,
given lip service in America,
nevertheless neglected.

In stressful 2014
loss of jobs, homes,
constant threats of terror
electronic separation
of different generations
leaving the aging bewildered
by complicated smart phones,
alien youth communication
speaking a foreign language,
just another tongue
in the land of Babel,
but stronger than Spanish,
more threatening than Chinese.

Instant notification
of airline crashes,
jihadist atrocities,
domestic disturbance
ending in brutal violence
overwhelm the senses,
overloads the capacity
to react with concern
to the horrible acts
becoming normal.


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 3 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). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing) and Call to Valor (Gnome on Pigs Productions). Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). State of Rage will be published by Rainy Day Reads Publishing. His short story collection, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). 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.