The once proud avenues
of vaunted shops
now are deserted.
Only the ghosts
of employees past
haunt the cobwebbed stores,
all that remains of the departed
unable to get other jobs,
abandoned by their masters,
unable to adapt
to changing circumstances,
conditioned to servitude,
unfit for opportunities
limited to the few
capable of functioning
in the Information Age

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.