Leak in the Melting Pot

New York City
capital of diversity
hosts ethnic groups,
some in large communities
establishing alien enclaves
in a democratic land,
with their own language, customs,
refusing to adapt
to a welcoming country,
finding comfort, security
building foreign outposts.

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 39 poetry collections, 14 novels, 4 short story collections, 1 collection of essays and 7 books of plays. Gary lives in New York City. Read other articles by Gary.