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Perceptions
Title : Perceptions
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ISBN : 9781941058497
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 146

Disasters of our time come into immediate focus as they occur. We are shown again and again the catastrophic events of the day. It is the lingering effects that are seen from different viewpoints, and produce a sometimes volatile perception of our world. Gary Beck's ability to capture events seen from unusual angles is on shining display in this brilliant new collection frDisasters of our time come into immediate focus as they occur. We are shown again and again the catastrophic events of the day. It is the lingering effects that are seen from different viewpoints, and produce a sometimes volatile perception of our world. Gary Beck's ability to capture events seen from unusual angles is on shining display in this brilliant new collection from the author of Dawn in Cities and Songs of a Clerk.


Perceptions Reviews

  • Alison McBain

    I read this a couple months before the U.S. elections took place, and I found it very thematic. The collection is unapologetically political, examining such hot button topics as war, mass shootings, globalization, environmental destruction, homelessness, unemployment, social media, recessional economic collapse, Western versus non-Western countries, and the stranglehold of oil on America. Mr. Beck doesn't shy away from modern concerns, but rather examines them head-on in a straightforward, narra [...]

  • Jim Bennett

    Beck has provided us with ninety-nine poems on the human condition. As always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later. Let’s get to the point: Beck’s work.Beck usually ambushes his reader in a book’s first poem, and Anthem keeps up this tradition. The idea of patriotism wrapped up in growing, or at least potential, prosperity, meets with a dose of reality. To quote Pogo, we have met the enemy, and it is us.Be [...]

  • Glenn

    I received a complimentary review copy, and I enjoyed it. I found that these poems lack compression. The line breaks and the shape of the poems don't always make sense to me. If you are looking for tight poems that use form, white space, and line breaks to add layers of interpretation, or poems that allow the reader to create individual meanings by bringing their own experiences to the work, these poems probably aren't for you. These poems are, instead, flatly written plain language poems (and w [...]

  • Katie

    Perceptions by Gary Beck is such a fantastic collection of poetry, I don’t know where to start. Gary Beck writes about events that are happening now in an unfussy way and without diluting his verses with his own opinions. I love in poem Companions he writes of the fear we all, I am sure, share at what we see on the news: murders, suicide bombings and natural disasters. There are poems on child soldiers, the Russians and Iraq. Light at The End Of “We will forget IraqAs we forgot Vietnam”Whi [...]

  • Aly

    This book of poems got me thinking. I did enjoy this book very much. It was interesting and not (for me) the typical book of poetry. I think this book and set of poems may me see a whole new side to poetry. thank you! * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*