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 - 1,725 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

For Those On Break

There's a poem to be fashioned from this emptiness,
I tell myself, as I stand outside in a patch of sunlight,
Smoking with the guys. It's nearly three. It doesn't
Matter. Work will end, and we'll go home to work
And be dissatisfied with all the things we settled for:
The wretched mates and sagging gutters, cars and
Kids always in need of services we can't afford.
The years run past, but we don't notice. Each one
Has its sunny days, its shifts, and guys with whom
To smoke, and, hidden somewhere on its edges,
Felt but never wholly seen, the void that is ...

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