Issue Two: Fall 2017

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The Mourning Doves
come to my terrace
crying for food,
with that sad Dove look,
until I put out thistle seed.
But the local pigeons swoop in,

chase the Doves,
devour the meager repast,

fly off,
leaving the unhappy birds

desperate for nourishment,
unable to compete
with bigger rivals,
why they came to the city,

diminishing habitat

compelled relocation.

About the Author

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and as an art dealer when he could not make a living in theater. He has 11 published chapbooks and three more 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 and Tremors (Winter Goose Publishing). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing) and Call to Valor (Gnome on Pigs Productions). 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. Beck currently lives in New York City.

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