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(9 May 1938)

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a Serbian-American poet, and was co-Poetry Editor of the Paris Review. He was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2007. more »

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  • ''Only brooms
    Know the devil
    Still exists,

    That the snow grows whiter
    After a crow has flown over it,''
    Charles Simic (b. 1938), Yugoslav-U.S. poet. Brooms (l. 1-5). . . American Poetry Anthology, The. Daniel Halpern, ed. (1975) Avon Books.
  • And then finally there's your grandmother
    Sweeping the dust of the nineteenth century
    Into the twentieth, and your grandfather plucking
    A straw out of the broom to pick his teeth....
    Charles Simic (b. 1938), Yugoslav-U.S. poet. Brooms (l. 55-58). . . American Poetry Anthology, The. Daniel Halpern, ed. (1975) Avon Books.
  • ''They are sworn enemies of lyric poetry.
    In prison they accompany the jailer,
    Enter cells to hear confessions.
    Their short-end comes down
    When you least expect it.''
    Charles Simic (b. 1938), Yugoslav-U.S. poet. Brooms (l. 17-21). . . American Poetry Anthology, The. Daniel Halpern, ed. (1975) Avon Books.
  • There are knives that glitter like altars
    In a dark church
    Where they bring the cripple and the imbecile
    To be healed.

    There's a woden block where bones are broken,...
    Charles Simic (b. 1938), Yugoslav-U.S. poet. Butcher Shop (l. 9-14). . . New Naked Poetry, The; Recent American Poetry in Open Forms. Stephen Berg...
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  • Adnana Karahasanovic Zeljkovic (5/26/2010 3:58:00 AM)

    Aren't we all your metaphor of a meek sheep with dark truth under our eyelids? And what are we going to do about it? / Hamlet's dilemma or waiting for Godo... Isn't all our life about it?

  • John Paisley (8/5/2007 1:10:00 PM)

    Simic got the poet laureate job the other day. I never heard of him before. Some poet. So I been checking him out on the web. Reading his stuff. He has an interview where he quips. He might be a funny guy. Likes jazz. I might like him but first I need to pick him apart.

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