Lawrence Beck

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My advice to anyone reading one of my poems: read it so quickly as you can the first time through. Since I write in a rush, my melody will become most evident if you read in a rush.

I have a web site,, which contains more of my recent poems than the 50 I leave up here. I refresh this site every other month.

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  • Rookie - 47 Points p.a. noushad (12/1/2008 5:30:00 AM)

    your poems are passionate and devastating.

  • Rookie Lori Boulard (10/3/2006 7:29:00 AM)

    It occurred to me this morning that no matter why I sign onto this site, if there's a Lawrence Beck post, I'm there. I have yet to be disappointed by anything you've written, Monsieur Beck, and that says a lot. Your poems are tight, real, and manage to balance between pure artistry and readability. It is a pleasure to read you here!
    Cheers, Lori

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How to Write a Poem in the Absence of Inspiration

Picturesque and lethal as an oil baron's
Trophy wife, the prairie's blanketed
With snow. That's really all I have to
Say, a joke, a catchy metaphor, an
Indication that I have encountered
Several trophy wives. Their smiles
Somehow smug and sad, they're
Proud of how they've set themselves,
But not enchanted with their lovers,
Older men who don't come home,
And insecure. They can't be sure
These guys who've cast off high school
Sweethearts won't, at some point,
Turn on them. And then, well,
With their settlements, it's not as if
They'll be ...

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