Pre-Boarding – A Poem by Gary Beck

Vita Brevis Press

Capture.PNGSubmitted by Gary Beck

I come closer each day
to the end of my journey
and am still weighed down
with excess baggage,
despite having renounced
caviar, fine wine, Warhols,
but cannot yet give up
books I cherish,
though I still can’t determine
their value in the scheme of things.
ego has diminished,
so if I’m cremated
my books won’t burn with me,
if I’m interred
they won’t molder with me,
and I’ve almost stopped worrying
about who I’ll leave them to.

About the Poet

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. He has 14 published chapbooks. He also has published numerous novels and short story collections. 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 lives in New York City.

Painting: Rene Magritte – The…

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Antikythera Mechanism, or Dreams Submerged – A Poem by Merril Smith

Vita Brevis Press

CaptureSubmitted by Merril Smith

Long ago, a wooden ship
storm-caught, lay forgotten

far below the waves. Her secrets dripped
through her halted hull,

bobbing to the surface
(as dreams do)

while the creation within–
a vision of once shiny concinnity
grew tarnished,

its wheels and gears stilled,
its promises and predictions

sea-surrendered and metamorphosed,

buried with responses never revealed
to questions left unasked
about the future,

where we, once sea-dwellers,
still feel the constant tide’s pull,
urging us down–

yet we look up—with dreams
that we came from the stars.

*In 1900, sponge divers found the Antikythera mechanism in a two thousand-year old Roman ship sunk off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera.

About the Poet

Merril D. Smith is an independent scholar with a Ph.D. in American History. She is the author/editor of many books of history, gender, and sexuality. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have…

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Night by Elie Wiesel


Series: The Night Trilogy #1.
Writer(s): Elie Wiesel.
Publisher: Hill and Wang.
Format: Paperback.
Release Date: January 16th 2006 (originally published in 1958).
Pages: 120.
ISBN13: 9780374500016.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★★.


Although reading is an escape from reality for many, it can also be a history lesson for others. Through the stories of those who have seen things that others haven’t, certain authors are able to convey gruesome events in their most raw forms for others to try and understand the scale of inhumanity that has reigned their world in the past. These true stories are never easy to read and are not sought out by everyone by mere fear of the despair that would inevitably overwhelm them. But do you know what history is for? For us to learn from it…

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