Great Wave



Great Wave



 When did the disillusionment begin?

And how extensive, really, is it?

Most liberals, depending on age-group,

would say “Bush-Gore” or “Nixon,”

or “NAFTA,” “HUAC,” but my

concern is more intimate.

Luckily there’s a website.

Beside zoom interviews and the written exam

they require blood and stool samples

but mail you the materials. The face

you eventually talk to is as if

crispr’d to radiate

professionalism. I don’t trust him

a moment, but charts appear:

“I must say your case is unusual.

Notice how little increase there was

from fifty to seventy. And most of it,

this blue portion, can be accounted for

physiologically. The same between fifty and thirty –

yes, there’s a spike, but much less than the norm –

and again between thirty and ten.”

Is that compassion in his eyes? Are

they real? “You can’t go back before then?”

I ask. He starts to review

the parameters. “I remember,” I say,

“the tailfins of that era –

could identify each car by them. I thought

they were so beautiful, then speared myself on one.”



Frederick Pollack



Author of two book-length narrative poems, THE ADVENTURE and HAPPINESS, both Story Line Press; the former to be reissued 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, etc.  Online, poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Hamilton Stone Review, BlazeVox, The New Hampshire  Review, Mudlark, Rat’s Ass Review,  Faircloth Review, Triggerfish, Ariel Chart (2019, 2021), etc.

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