Jan Marin Tramontano
He was eight when he came to America.
No. He was twelve. I’m sure of it.
He came alone. Can you imagine?
You’re wrong. He came with a cousin.
He was from Galicia in Poland.
No. He told me he was from Vienna.
He was twelve and had no one.
He was eight and had family here.
He was shuttled from place to place.
Maybe. But he had family here, I’m sure of it.
Jan Marin Tramontano, a writer living in upstate New York, is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Woman Sitting in a Café and other poems of Paris and Floating Islands, a memoir about her father, I Am a Fortunate Man. and her poems appear in her poetry collective’s anthology, Java Wednesdays. Her poetry, stories, book reviews, and interviews have been published in numerous literary journals, magazines, and newspapers. Her first novel will be coming out later this year.