Blossoms of Decay
                                             A poetry collection 

                                                        Gary Beck


Direct, cutting, and visceral. Gary Beck takes no prisoneers and writes in an uncompromising style. His subjects include politics, the state of America, and teenage bullying. Love or hate his views, you will certainly know where you stand. His style makes comulsive reading and you will move from poem to poem as if in a tunnel pursued by a runaway train. Be sure to jump clear so you can return to enjoy his writing more deeply. An established and prolific author, Gary has many more titles to come with Wordcatcher Publishing.

Beck writes passionately about his subject matter. He brings poverty, wealth and class
center stage. We are presented with inequities rooted in divisions of class. There is no hiding place, nor mixing of words nor compromise. -  Poets Network and Exchange Magazine

Blossoms of Decay is a 136 page poetry book available in paperback with a retail price of $9.99. ISBN 191126561X and also in a Kindle version for $4.99. Published through Wordcatcher Publishing. Available now through all major retailers. For  information or to request a review copy, contact:  

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer when he couldn’t make a living in theater. He has 12 published chapbooks and 1 accepted for publication. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors and Perturbations (Winter Goose Publishing) Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications). Blossoms of Decay (Wordcatcher Publishing). Blunt Force and Expectations will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor (Gnome on Pigs Productions) and Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). State of Rage will be published by Rainy Day Reads Publishing, Crumbling Ramparts by Gnome on Pigs Productions. His short story collections include, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications) and. Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing). 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. He currently lives in New York City.
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                                                     Stone. Bread. Salt.

                                               Poems by Norbert Hirschhorn

Published on 26 April 2018

ISBN 9781907320767, 80 pages

£8.00, $14.00

In this very personal collection of poems Norbert Hirschhorn takes stock of his life and gives voice to his quest to pass on the experiences of the generations before him.

Norbert Hirschhorn experiments with rhyme and metre, free verse and prose poems, yet they all are in his inimitable voice, and together they tell a story. 

This collection sweeps you along from London to New York and the Middle East and back again. At some points Hirschhorn almost literally stops readers in their tracks by using the + sign.

What makes this collection extra special is Norbert Hirschhorn’s work on translating four of Fouad M Fouad’s poems from the Arabic.

Each poem can be savoured on its own but together they paint a picture of a thoughtful poet and American Health Hero (to quote Bill Clinton) trying to catch the essence of life to hand it down to the next generations.

‘As I approach my ninth decade of life I am aware of the need to share with my descendants the wisdom, texts and lessons handed down by our ancestors of all religions.  The poems in this collection reflect this aim and necessity.’ – Norbert Hirschhorn

Praise for his previous collection

‘A remarkable literary and cultural presenta¬tion.’ – Jewish Book Council

‘Ludic and learned, comic and tragic’ – Marilyn Hacker
Norbert Hirschhorn

Norbert Hirschhorn is a physician specialising in international public health, commended in 1993 by President Bill Clinton as an American Health Hero, and following humbly in the tradition of physician-poets. He now lives in London. His poems have been published in over three dozen journals, and four full collections. Hirschhorn’s work has won a number of prizes in the US and UK. His previous collection To Sing Away the Darkest Days – Poems Re-Imagined from Yiddish Folksongs was published by Holland Park Press in 2013  

Fouad M. Fouad is also a physician and poet. He comes from Aleppo. Following the outbreak of the war in Syria he and his family moved to Lebanon where he is now at the American University of Beirut. Dr Fouad is deeply engaged in research and action on behalf of Syrian refugees. He has published five volumes of poetry in Arabic; the latest called, Once Upon a Time in Aleppo. Several of his poems have appeared in translation in English and French poetry journals.

Notes for editors
Holland Park Press is a privately-owned publisher of literary fiction and poetry. It specializes in contemporary English fiction & poetry, translations of Dutch classics and modern Dutch fiction & poetry in English and Dutch.

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