Charles Simic

(9 May 1938)

Private Eye


To find clues where there are none,
That's my job now, I said to the
Dictionary on my desk. The world beyond
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  • Bob Fish (8/4/2008 4:28:00 AM)

    To my mind, this is a poem about endeavoring to write poetry. The first stanza is a fairly comprehemsive model of the poet's vocation. The word dictinary is the clincher. What I find most intriguing is that the poet appears to be both the 'customer' and his interrogator. While he is grappling with the opacity of the world beyond his window, he is at the same time synonymous with it. Life's truths will only be disclosed through internal investigation. The ambition of this poem is slight, a rather straightforward metaphor, but its accuracy is quite profiound. (Report) Reply

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