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Lawrence Beck

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The latest comments that Lawrence Beck has written.

Ashcan Rantings

2021-10-20
Nicely done! You've taken desperation and massaged it into a poem without attenuating it.

Here's an unfortunate coincidence: the guy who bought the lot next to mine, a lovely patch of grass lined with tall trees, who cut down all of those trees, and is building a grotesque black monstrosity of a house, bears a surname that is very close to Moloch.


N U K E

2021-10-12
Did he listen to them?


It happens to all of us

2021-10-12
Yes, invisibility does seem to develop as one ages.


Clues

2021-10-11
Well said!


October

2021-10-08
It's always a pleasure to revisit Colt and Regina.


All the While the Silence Goes On

2021-10-07
Sad, but nicely written.


A Visit from Abby

2021-10-07
Fine writing.


Moves Like Who?

2021-10-06
Indeed. This aging business is very frustrating.


To S.

2021-10-04
Wonderful!


no accident

2021-10-04
I'm with Shells. This is sound thinking.


a year on

2021-10-04
It seems that life only can be wonderful for so long. Eventually, it sinks back into ordinariness...or worse.


Stoic at the Piano

2021-10-04
Excellent! Extra points awarded for the employment of "obdurately."


Ugly

2021-10-02
The snigger's good, but, if you're a decent human being, there's a price in guilt to be paid afterward.


A Season Tied to a Last Scene

2021-10-02
The memories all remain there, but you can decide which ones to revisit.


Catholic Boyhood Blues

2021-09-29
I'm with Dave. This is well crafted and amusing.


Simple Litany

2021-09-21
Excellent aspirations and fine writing. I especially liked "the moon as a shining dime in a gutterpuddle."


Paula

2021-09-21
I'm very sorry, Joe.


warmth

2021-09-19
Sometimes, one sees more clearly in the dark.


‘Foots’

2021-09-19
A fine celebration of youth.


Homage to Robert Creeley

2021-09-19
I don't remember reading Creeley, but there's plenty of room for reflection on either side of your poem.


A Pair of Trees

2021-09-15
In my view, you should consider this to be a success.


the theory of everything

2021-09-15
Interesting thoughts. I find us to be ridiculous phantoms, similar to those images of Jesus that rubes find on pieces of toast.


The Day-Dream

2021-09-13
Excellent in all respects!


Those Red Hat Days

2021-09-12
There's no mistaking that voice. Welcome back, "Uncle."


The Meaning of Poetry

2021-09-08
So, I'm going to put you into the "not one of this person's fans" column.


Dreamland

2021-09-07
The original actually is pretty good, a fine example of what I like to call "teen suicide" poetry. The new version is deeper, more resonant, reflecting ten additional years of maturity. It's a better work, Sameen, one you should be proud of. It's nice to hear from you again.


The Moon

2021-09-06
This is quite amusing and nicely written. "Chin of gold?"


Lines Written As A School Exercise

2021-09-06
This is vintage Wordsworth, beautifully written, flawless poetry, but, at the same time, boring as a shopping list.


preferences

2021-09-04
A man who is not fond of sitting still.


I of Him/ Jean

2021-09-02
Two excellent sketches. Given their dour subjects, it seems inappropriate to shout, bravo!, but I will, anyway.


To Absent Children

2021-08-27
A very sad, but nicely written poem, Joe.


Afghanistan

2021-08-24
The Afghans are a team which never loses on its home field. Only fools consider taking them on. That the US chose to do so after losing to Viet Nam proves that our nation is led by idiots.


unease

2021-08-22
Well said. Even when you were there, you were missing something. That's just how it is for a certain kind of person.


Bitter Coffee

2021-08-22
Cold feet notwithstanding, there is an enjoyable peacefulness in this poem.


Terror Firma

2021-08-20
Nicely done; spare and effective.


Simone

2021-08-13
Well said, Rob.


The Cudgel

2021-08-05
Powerful stuff, Joe.


Two dogs, a camera, and a sunburned man

2021-08-02
This poem is, itself, a nice little portrait.


Koan Resolved

2021-08-02
Grim but funny!


It could be anywhere

2021-07-30
True. It doesn't have to be expensive or wrapped. It just has to be a sign that you mean something to somebody (which, though you may forget, you always do).


We are all equal...but

2021-07-30
Oh, well. At least you're ahead of the wood block.


Saturday Night Rhapsody

2021-07-30
The details have changed, but the melody hasn't.


scale

2021-07-27
Life at high altitudes as natives live it, small within, huge without. Well done.


Freedom Should You Dare

2021-07-25
I suspect that you're right.


Beware the Lord Skye

2021-07-24
Fine writing.


A Day With Starlight Solo

2021-07-23
I have nothing to add to what the others have said. This is very nice.


"Mysterious Ways" Isn't a Satisfactory Answer

2021-07-23
"Imaginative psychopath." An excellent description of that guy in the Old Testament.


avoirdupois

2021-07-21
Good one.


Par for the Course

2021-07-21
Yeah, maybe. I once was prescribed a medicine which listed blindness as a rare side effect. I hoped for the best and took it anyway. I may still be taking it. So far, so good.


Love; What If

2021-07-20
I believe that you're right. The you you think that you are is not the one your lover loves.