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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  • Gordon Menzies Gordon Menzies (11/8/2018 9:28:00 AM)

    An enjoyable voice...curt, crisp and ripe with cutting clarity and insight.

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

    your poems are passionate and devastating.

  • 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


At ease, confined inside a square inside a square,
One of a stack of forty, with a padded chair,
A desk which may be made of wood, but probably
Is molded out of some form of petroleum, a man
Is found.The window nearby doesn't open,
Just as well, as he would never think to try
To open it.The world outside this man-made one
Doesn't suit him too well now.It reeks of instability,
With light and darkness alternating, temperatures
Which are not fixed, and tasks which come without
Instructions, payoffs for achievements never known.
Sometimes, there are none ...

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