Urban hunters stalk the trash cans
for redeemable bottles, cans,
five cents each,
not a lot of purchase power,
but some hustle enough
to get a meal, a bed somewhere.
Too many buy liquor, crack.
from toxic conditions.
Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn’t earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver.
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 and his published books include 26 poetry collections, 10 novels, 3 short story collections, 1 collection of essays and 1 collection of one-act plays.