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"Spirit Theater: No Spooking"
E.A. Hanninen - 2008

      Gary Beck

                      Past Sighting

Last night as I lay sleeping
I dreamed the roll call of the dead.
This was not Odysseus’ descent
to the anguish of the underworld.
No Tiresias advised me of my fate.
I saw a processional of faces
of loved ones I have known and lost,
float in and out of consciousness
in that mysterious dream-imagery
more fleeting then digital film.
Perhaps someday we'll videotape a dream.
The visitors had no admonitions,
prophecies, messages, requests,
just a ghostly presence
that for a brief interval
restored lost memories.


"Crystal Clear"
E.A. Hanninen - 2008

Gary Beck's poetry has appeared in dozens of literary magazines. His chapbook, Remembrance, was published by Origami Press, June 2008. The Conquest of Somalia was published by Cervena Barva Press, August 2008. A collection of his poetry, Days of Destruction, is being published by Skive Press. His recent fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines. His plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes, and Sophocles have been produced Off-Broadway.


"Legends of prediction are common throughout the whole Household of Man. Gods speak, spirits speak, computers speak. Oracular ambiguity or statistical probability provides loopholes, and discrepancies are expunged by Faith."

                                                                                                      ~ Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness


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