Fred Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, THE ADVENTURE and HAPPINESS, both published by Story Line Press. A collection of shorter poems, A POVERTY OF WORDS, 2015 from Prolific Press. Another collection, LANDSCAPE WITH MUTANT, to be published by Smokestack Books (UK), 2018. Has appeared in Hudson Review, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, Die Gazette (Munich), The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Representations, Magma (UK), Iota (UK), Bateau, Main Street Rag, Manhattan Review, etc. Online, poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Allegro, Hamilton Stone Review, Diagram, BlazeVox, The New Hampshire Review, Mudlark, Occupoetry, Faircloth Review, Triggerfish, Thunderdome, and Neglected Ratio.
Note from HQ
Sufficient unto the day
is uninterrupted sleep,
some hours of being unhurt, ignored.
Enraged, once, I cried
I have only to stretch forth my hand …
though I knew it would touch nothing.
The wildwood where one once could hide
has become a highway median,
a rented room without a leaf or light;
yet it exists,
like you, my loyal less-than-ghosts.
At the end of the world we will be masters
though our songs are all in the conditional tense
and as hard to sing as to find singers.