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

Red-Haired Woman With A Sponge

Why does this have to happen like a metronome?
What's wrong with me? I fall apart. I turn away,
And leave a note which says, 'I'm sorry. I know
I'm not good for you.' A full-grown man, all
False bravado, swinging one way, making jokes,
Then swinging backward, shrinking toward the
Floor, a broken jelly jar. Then she appears and
Cleans the mess. She tells me we still are
All right, and sends me on the upward stroke,
A gentle push, and I'm left thinking, how is she
So strong and stable; what is wrong with me?

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