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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  • Veteran Poet - 1,928 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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Best Poem of Lawrence Beck


She sits, half drunk, on a stool
In the kitchen, pissed off about
Something. She's always pissed
Off. The TV is on. The dishes
Aren't done. When I come
Home from school, and I lay
Down my bag because I've
Gotten hungry; I just want
To eat, she says, “Pick up
That shit. It belongs in your
Room, ” so I pick it up. I go
Off without food, and lay
Down on my bed. I've read
So many poems about
Mothers who nurture, and
Love, and all that, but she
Isn't one. She's a rotten old
Bitch, and I wouldn't weep
If she was gone.

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