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Author: SIMIC, CHARLES
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Simic, Charles    Poet's Biography
124 poems available by this author


A BOOK FULL OF PICTURES    Poem Text    
First Line: Father studied theology through the mail
Subject(s): Books; Reading


AGAINST WHATEVER IT IS THAT'S ENCROACHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Best of all is to be idle
Subject(s): Idleness; Laziness; Sloth; Indolence


AGAINST WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The truth is dark under your eyelids.
Subject(s): Winter


ANIMAL ACTS    Poem Text    
First Line: A bear who eats with a silver spoon.
Subject(s): Animals


AT THE COOKOUT    Poem Text    
First Line: The wives of my friends
Subject(s): Love


AUTUMN SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: In my great grandmother's time
Subject(s): Sky; Stars; Time


BACK AT THE CHICKEN SHACK    Poem Text    
First Line: What I need is a seraph and a pig
Subject(s): Pigs; Food & Eating; Boars; Hogs


BEGOTTEN OF THE SPLEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The virgin mother walked barefoot
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


BESTIARY FOR THE FINGERS OF MY RIGHT HAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Thumb, loose tooth of a horse
Subject(s): Fingers


BREASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: I love breasts, hard
Subject(s): Breasts; Men


BRETHREN    Poem Text    
First Line: A woodpecker hammers
Subject(s): Woodpeckersl Nursing Homes; War


BUTCHER SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes walking late at night
Subject(s): Butchers; World War Ii; Second World War


CAMEO APPEARANCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I had a small, nonspeaking part
Subject(s): War


CHARON'S COSMOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: With only his dim lantern
Subject(s): Charon; Styx (River)


CLASSIC BALLROOM DANCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Grandmothers who wring the necks
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


CLEO DE MERODE    Poem Text    
First Line: Joseph cornell could not draw, paint, or sculpt, and yet he was a
Subject(s): Cornell, Joseph (1903-1972)


CLOUDS GATHERING    Poem Text    
First Line: It seemed the kind of life we wanted.
Subject(s): Love


COAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Dismembered angel
Subject(s): Love


COCKROACH    Poem Text    
First Line: When I see a cockroach
Last Line: With my baby pictures
Subject(s): Cockroach


COME WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The mad and homeless take shelter
Subject(s): Winter


CONCERNING MY NEIGHBORS, TGHE HITTITES    Poem Text    
First Line: Great are the hittites.
Subject(s): Hittites


COUNTRY FAIR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: If you didn't see the six-legged dog
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


CRAZY ABOUT HER SHRIMP    Poem Text    
First Line: We don't even take time
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


CREPUSCULE WITH NELLIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Monk at the five spot
Subject(s): Jazz; Monk, Thelonious (1917-1982); Music & Musicians


DON'T WAKE THE CARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Since my chronic bad luck
Subject(s): Card Games; Love - Erotic; Playing Cards


EMPIRE OF DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: On the first page of my dreambook
Subject(s): Dreams; War; Nightmares


ERRATA    Poem Text    
First Line: Where it says snow
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


EVENING WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: You give the appearance of listening
Subject(s): Night; Trees; Walking; Bedtime


EXPLORERS    Poem Text    
First Line: They arfrive inside
Subject(s): Togetherness


EYES FASTENED WITH PINS    Poem Text    
First Line: How much death works
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


FEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Fear passes from man to man
Subject(s): Fear


FOR THE SAKE OF AMELIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Tending a cliff-hanging grand hotel
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


FORK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: This strange thing must have crept
Subject(s): Tableware; Cutlery; Forks; Plates


FREE THE GOLDFISH    Poem Text    
First Line: A pet store window / with an aquarium
Subject(s): Goldfish


FURNITURE MOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah the great
Subject(s): Furniture; Moving & Movers


GHOSTS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It's mr. Brown looking much better
Subject(s): Ghosts


GREEN LAMPSHADE    Poem Text    
First Line: All the page of all the books
Subject(s): Books; Reading


HARSH CLIMATE    Poem Text    
First Line: The brain itself in its skull
Subject(s): Mind, The; Cold


HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES?    Poem Text    
First Line: I have. At the funeral
Subject(s): Funerals; Beauty; Burials


HEIGHTS OF FOLLY    Poem Text    
First Line: O crows circling over my head and cawing!
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


HENRI ROUSSEAU'S BED    Poem Text    
First Line: I took my bed into the forest
Subject(s): Rousseau, Henri (1844-1910); Beds; Forests; Woods


HITCHHIKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Hard times brought them out early
Subject(s): Hitchhikers; Misfortune


HOTEL INSOMNIA    Poem Text    
First Line: I liked my little hole
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: My house has grown smaller
Subject(s): Houses


HOW TO PSALMODIZE    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone awake when others are sleeping,
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


I'M CHARLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Swaying handcuffed
Subject(s): Self


IN THE LIBRARY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There's a book called
Subject(s): Books; Angels; Reading


INNER MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It isn't the body
Subject(s): Self


LATE SEPTEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: The mail truck goes down the coast
Subject(s): Omens


LATE TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: A few couples walking off into the dark
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


LEAVING AN UNKNOWN CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: That mutt with ribs showing
Subject(s): Farewell; Travel; Parting; Journeys; Trips


LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Of neighbors' voices and dishes
Subject(s): Relationships


LITTLE UNWRITTEN BOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: Rocky was a regular guy, a loyal friend
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


LOVE TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: The truth is, we are nearer to heaven


MAKE YOURSELF INVISIBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Drew islands with palm trees
Subject(s): Seashore; Family Life; Beach; Coast; Shore; Relatives


MARKED PLAYING CARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I took my tv and bass fiddle to the pawnshop


MIRRORS AT 4 A.M.    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You must come to them sideways
Subject(s): Mirrors; Self


MUMMY'S CURSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Befriending an eccentric young woman


MY SHOES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Shoes, secret face of my inner life
Subject(s): Shoes; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


NANCY JANE    Poem Text    
First Line: Grandma laughing on her deathbed.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: A rat came on stage
Subject(s): Rats


NOTE SLIPPED UNDER A DOOR    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw a high window struck blind
Subject(s): Houses


OLD COUPLE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Old Age; Togetherness; Mortality


ON THIS VERY STREET IN BELGRADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your mother carried you
Subject(s): Belgrade, Serbia; Balkan Conflicts (Yugoslavia)


PARADISE MOTEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Millions were dead; everybody was innocent
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


PAST-LIVES THERAPY    Poem Text    
First Line: They explained to me the bloody bandages
Subject(s): Farm Life; Birth; War; Agriculture; Farmers; Child Birth; Midwifery


PIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: A plain black cotton dress
Last Line: With eyes closed
Subject(s): Piety


PIGEONS AT DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Extraordinary efforts are being made
Subject(s): Morning; City & Town Life; Pigeons


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Every morning I forget how it is
Subject(s): Shoes; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


POEM WITHOUT A TITLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I say to the lead
Subject(s): Lead (Metal)


PRIVATE EYE    Poem Text    
First Line: To find clues where there are none
Subject(s): Detective Stories


PRODIGY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I grew up bent over
Subject(s): Children; Games; World War Ii; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Second World War


PROMISES OF LENIENCY AND FORGIVENESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Orphanage in the rain


PROSE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I was stolen by the gypsies. My parents stole me right back. Then the


PUPPET-MAKER    Poem Text    
First Line: In his fear of solitude, he made us.
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Solitude; Night; Loneliness; Bedtime


READ YOUR FATE    Poem Text    
First Line: A world's disappearing.
Subject(s): Fate; Destiny


RIDDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hangs by a thread
Subject(s): Riddles


ROMANTIC LANDSCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: To gireve, always to suffer
Subject(s): Grief; Transience; Sorrow; Sadness; Impermanence


ROMANTIC SONNET    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Family Life; Childhood Memories; Relatives


SECRET HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Of the light in my room:
Subject(s): Time


SERVING TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Another dreary day in time's invisible
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Time; Convicts


SHELLEY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Poet of the dead leaves driven like ghosts
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)


STONE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Go inside a stone
Subject(s): Stones; Granite; Rocks


SUFFERING    Poem Text    
First Line: Shall I sell it door to door?
Subject(s): Doppeldoppelgangers


SUMMER MORNING    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I love to stay in bed
Subject(s): Morning


SUNDAY PAPERS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The butchery of the innocent
Subject(s): War; Sabbath; Religion; Innocence; Sunday; Theology


TALKING TO LITTLE BIRDIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Not a peep out of you now
Subject(s): Birds


TAPESTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: It hangs from heaven to earth
Subject(s): Tapestries


TATTOOED CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: I, who am only an incomprehensible
Subject(s): Self; City & Town Life


THE ALTAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The plastic statue of the virgin


THE BATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the path to the lake twists out of sigh
Subject(s): Swimming & Swimmers


THE BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: This last continent
Subject(s): Body, Human


THE CLOCKS OF THE DEAD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: One night I went to keep the clock company
Subject(s): Clocks; Time; Silence


THE ELUSIVE SOMETHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it in some crack in the pavement
Subject(s): Longing


THE FLIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Here are the baits, the hooks
Subject(s): Flies


THE FRIENDS OF HERACLITUS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Your friend has died, with whom
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Imaginary Conversations; City & Town Life; Philosophy & Philosophers; Dead, The


THE GRASS    Poem Text    
First Line: It all hangs now on a blade of grass
Subject(s): Grass; Longing


THE IMMORTAL    Poem Text    
First Line: You're shivering my memory
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers; Memory; Time; Memory; Educators; Professors


THE INITIATE    Poem Text    
First Line: St. John of the cross wore dark glasses
Subject(s): City & Town Life


THE INNER MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It isn't the body
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


THE INVITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: We are going to serve a late lunch
Subject(s): Food & Eating


THE LESSON    Poem Text    
First Line: It occurs to me now
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


THE MAN ON THE DUMP    Poem Text    
First Line: He looked the way I imagine melville's bartleby to have looked the
Subject(s): Labrunie, Gerard (1808-1855); Nerval, Gerard De (188-1855)


THE MELON    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a melon fresh from the garden
Subject(s): Melons; Death; Hornets; Family Life; Dead, The; Relatives


THE NORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The ancients knew the sorrows of exile
Subject(s): Exiles; North, The


THE OLDEST CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: The night still frightens you.
Subject(s): Night; Children; Bedtime; Childhood


THE PARTIAL EXPLANATION    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Seems like a long time
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


THE PILLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Are we still travelling?
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


THE PROMPTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The one who had been whispering
Subject(s): Nothingness; Nihilism; Voids


THE SCHOOL OF METAPHYSICS    Poem Text    
First Line: Executioner happy to explain
Subject(s): Education; Metaphysics


THE SOMETHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Here come my night thoughts
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


THE SUPRFEME MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: As an ant is powerless
Subject(s): Ants; Death; Dead, The


THE VICES OF THE EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: The way the light and shadow
Subject(s): Evening; Shadows; Sunset; Twilight


THE WHITE ROOM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The obvious is difficult
Subject(s): Summer; Trees; Mind, The


THE WOODEN TOY    Poem Text    
First Line: The brightly-painted horse
Subject(s): Toys; Childhood Memories


THIS MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Enter without knocking, hard-working ant.
Subject(s): Ants; Longing


TO THE ONE UPSTAIRS    Poem Text    
First Line: Boss of all bosses of the universe
Subject(s): God


TOY FACTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother works here
Subject(s): Toys; World War Ii; Second World War


VOYAHE TO CYTHERA    Poem Text    
First Line: I'll go the island of cythera
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


WATCH REPAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: A small wheel
Subject(s): Watches


WATERMELONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Green buddhas / on the fruit stand
Subject(s): Watermelons


WHEREIN OBSCURELY    Poem Text    
First Line: On the road with billowing poplars
Subject(s): Togetherness


WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of poverty
Subject(s): White (Color); Conduct Of Life


WINDY EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: This old world needs propping up
Subject(s): Wind