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Frederick Pollack


Untitled by Moses Ojo

Agamemnon suddenly has a fit
of perspective. Troy isn’t worth this,
he thinks, and drops
the knife. Leaving Demeter, whose
pet deer he had killed (hence the sacrifice), at
a loss. Iphigenia gets up and
runs off. (I’ll never speak to him again!)
Something similar has happened
next door; she bumps into Isaac,
who feels an immediate bond.
Perhaps less creditably, Odin saves
his eye, frees himself from the Tree; I’ll rely
henceforth (he decides) on my own sources.
Tantalus grabs a bite. “Fate,” he says,
(his tone adds, “the bitch”)
“must be taking a break.” A certain

grinding subliminal stimulus
has stopped. Though myth is, of course, eternal,
the increased sophistication of mankind,
or its dumbing down, or both have led
to budget constraints: everything
occurs on low-rent intersecting lots.
Now they all stand around. “It’s like
a commercial,” grins Ganesh. “Reason,”
replies Prometheus, tearing off
his bonds and wringing the Eagle’s neck.
“Reason is a commercial,” sneers Loki
or one of the other trickster gods.


About the writer:
Frederick Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, THE ADVENTURE and HAPPINESS (Story Line Press; the former to be reissued by Red Hen Press), and two collections, A POVERTY OF WORDS (Prolific Press, 2015) and LANDSCAPE WITH MUTANT (Smokestack Books, UK, 2018). Pollack has published many other poems in print and online journals.

Image: Untitled by Moses Ojo. Watercolor on unspecified medium. No size specified. 2021. By permission. Ojo is an artist from Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria.

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