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(9 May 1938)

Quotations

  • ''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.
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  • ''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,
    Scraped clean—a river dried to its bed''
    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 and Robert Mezey, eds. (1976) The Bobbs-Merrill Company.
  • ''This strange thing must have crept
    Right out of hell.
    It resembles a bird's foot
    Worn around the cannibal's neck.''
    Charles Simic (b. 1938), Yugoslav-U.S. poet. Fork (l. 1-4). . . American Poetry Anthology, The. Daniel Halpern, ed. (1975) Avon Books.

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The Something

Here come my night thoughts
On crutches,
Returning from studying the heavens.
What they thought about
Stayed the same,
Stayed immense and incomprehensible.

My mother and father smile at each other
Knowingly above the mantel.

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