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 - 1,045 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

Happy Memorial Day!

We know, we all do, only vaguely, that our world's
Going wrong. We think we know what once was
Right: a land of yeomen, hardly saints, who
Turned the lathes and worked the land, and
Wouldn't stand for shit from rich men. We
Went out and saved the world. That was what
We meant to do, but triumph changes
Expectations. We're not yeomen anymore.
We're two-bit satraps. Anyway, we left the land
And sold the lathes, and didn't realize until
It was too late that we are useless. We take
Shit from rich men now. We fight their
Wars and beg for loans to get by ...

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