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  August 2006
volume 4 number 3
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  Gwendolyn Beyer
  Jarvis Black
  Beau Blue
  Jack G. Bowman
  Robin M. Buehler
  Dana Campbell
  Donna Gebron
  Ann L. Healey
  Marie Lecrivain
  Melissa Michaels
  Barbara-Marie Mundt
  Aire Celeste Norell
  Angel Uriel Perales
  Emily Rose
  Annette Sugden
  tri tran
  Wanda Vanhoy Smith
  Evan Walsh
  Seth Woolf
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Gary Beck
August 2006



art by ferrari silverpowder

        Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer when he couldn’t make a living in theater. He has 12 published chapbooks and 2 accepted for publication. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors and Perturbations (Winter Goose Publishing) Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. <.i>Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications). Blossoms of Decay (Wordcatcher Publishing). Blunt Force and Expectations will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor (Gnome on Pigs Productions) and Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). State of Rage will be published by Rainy Day Reads Publishing, Crumbling Ramparts by Gnome on Pigs Productions. His short story collections include, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications) and, Now I Accuse and Other Stories (Winter Goose Publishing). His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City.



Downy Woodpecker (dendrocopos pubescens)

The Downy Woodpecker

is a surprise resident

of midtown Manhattan,

because some blankety-blank developer

probably demolished

his natural habitat.

So he packed his beak

and shoved off for the big city

with his wife, but no kids,

and they must have leased a nest

somewhere near my terrace,

for they visited daily.

They were a snazzy couple,

similarly dressed in black and white,

except he sported a bright red cap.

My wife appreciated them

and provided them with suet,

which they ate in winter, spring and fall.

Then Mrs. Downy disappeared,

perhaps a victim of divorce,

or dead from unknown cause.

Mr. Downy still flies in for suet

three or four times daily,

but faces a constant battle.

Not much larger than a sparrow

and not as rugged,

he confronts a flock of sparrows,

hooligans who have forgotten

his unique occupation,

as nature's only working bird.

The Downy eats destructive bugs

from infested city trees,

but gets no respect from sparrows,

who claim the food source for themselves

and bully and chase the weaker birds,

imitating the way of man.

The sparrows are just like people,

consuming as if there is no tomorrow,

demanding larger and larger portions,

while the Downy loses his share

and is forced to search elsewhere

and may never be seen again.

copyright 2006 Gary Beck