Before the Industrial Revolution
gave us rapid transit,
instant communication,
a man could abandon
home, wife, children,
go to Troy, the crusades,
other wars of conquest,
never heard of again
in the wasteland of chaos,
gift of our endeavors.
Modern times
diminished opportunity
for disappearance,
organized society,
fingerprints, DNA,
tv’s most wanted
conspiring to identify
deserters, absconders
like never before,
still imperfectly,
comprehensive enough
to invariably locate
superficial abandoners.


“Illuminated” © Dr. Regina Valluzzi


‘Temporal Dreams’ is an unpublished poetry collection that reveals our preoccupation with material things, sometimes to excess.

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 11 published chapbooks. His poetry collections include Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press) and Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways (Winter Goose Publishing). Perceptions, Displays, Fault Lines and Tremors will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response will be published by Nazar Look. His novels include Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Acts of Defiance (Artema Press) and Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing). His short story collection, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). 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.

Art can illuminate even the most elusive and difficult to comprehend ideas. Visual rules and tightly codified visual metaphors help scientists communicate complex ideas mostly amongst themselves, but they can also become barriers to new ideas and insights. Dr. Regina Valluzzi’s images are abstracted and diverged from the typical rules and symbols of scientific illustration and visualization; they provide an accessible window into the world of science for both scientists and non-scientists.