Estill Pollock: London in those Times

The High Window

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Estill Pollock‘s first pamphlet selection of poems, Metaphysical Graffiti, was published in England. This was followed by a principal collection, Constructing the Human (Poetry Salzburg), which was later developed into the book cycle, Blackwater Quartet. Between 2005-11, in collaboration with Cinnamon Press in Wales, he published a second major book cycle, Relic Environments Trilogy. His latest collection, Entropy is published by Broadstone Books (2021) in the United States. A native of Kentucky, he has lived in England for forty years.



London in those times
Of Empire, the waterlines
Of sailing fleets weighed
Low with slaves and spice, the world
Packed piecemeal into the holds


A greasy light cuts
The chill, but will not repair
The damp, his window
Above the muleskinner’s yard
Shut tight against steel on bone


A rough-coated dog
Noses along the gutter
For chop scraps…

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