Lawrence Beck

Biography of Lawrence Beck

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.

Alas, I must add this: if you write to me asking me to read your poems, I may, but I will not comment on them. I am very sick of numbers hogs who troll through a day's list of contributing poets, and ask each one to read his or her poem. If you write well, someone may notice and comment. If you browbeat people into reading your poetry, the comments you receive are worth nothing.

Lawrence Beck's Works:

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My Trade

I stand outside the cancer center, smoking,
At my chosen trade: agent of disorder
In an otherwise too-perfect world. Trapped
In a suburban dream, the uninspired
Architecture of the doctors' offices, the
Lawns which haven't any weeds, the
Glossy patients, shiny cars, the utter lack
Of signs of nasty nature's cruel will, the
Things which grow and are not wanted,

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