Fred Pollack

A small clean flat in a mixed low-crime
arrondissement. White wife from
a once-Communist family.
No kids. Familiar on the metro (which
he has always disliked but accepts); in 
their local place, a two-star restaurant.
Adds numbers for a firm in La Défense.
Works well, but won’t be made department head.
Some of those numbers, elsewhere, create scenes
like those he remembers – everything possible
done to his village, parents, and sister 
before they were burnt – but he accepts that too.
(Mitterand like Reagan supported
the President. There had been, besides a tribal,
a religious difference he recalls
less often than the school he somehow reached,
after the camp, which noticed his math skills.)
He emerges, faintly, from behind a chance article.
Is someone with whom I’m in a sort of
communication – shares
my attitude towards tribes, religions,
capital, nations, though with a different tone.

About the Author

Author of two book-length narrative poems, THE ADVENTURE and HAPPINESS, both Story Line Press; the former to be reissued by Red Hen Press. Two collections of shorter poems, A POVERTY OF WORDS, (Prolific Press, 2015) and LANDSCAPE WITH MUTANT (Smokestack Books, UK, 2018). Pollack has appeared in Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Magma (UK), Bateau, Fulcrum, Chiron Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, etc.  Online, poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Hamilton Stone Review, BlazeVox, The New Hampshire  Review, Mudlark, Rat’s Ass ReviewFaircloth Review, Triggerfish, etc. (Caustic Frolic 2020.)