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January 3, 2023


It almost feels unfair:

the beauty of the spot 

being criticized away. 

By me. What peasants did the vast 

and lovely grounds displace? Or do 

their descendants still tug 

their forelocks? The hologram, robot


or goddess deflects 

these questions. Inside

the House, the art was well

and personally chosen, books

look read, the past is only

mildly cited, signs

of gentle thoughtful living spread


over chaises … Incalculable

wealth, I growl, not having to invite

paying crowds or make 

a spectacle of itself. 

Immune to any human remark, 

she shrugs her marble shoulders:

“Someone like you lives here.”


© the author

by Frederick Pollack

Author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure and Happiness, both Story Line Press; the former reissued in 2022 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, among others. Online, poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Hamilton Stone Review, BlazeVox, The New Hampshire Review, Mudlark, Rat’s Ass Review, Faircloth Review, Triggerfish, and others.

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