Friday, February 08, 2008

Charles Simic

Lots of grotesquery in this man's work -- particularly the early work, which I'm now reading. This one has the raw and cryptic force of a Francis Bacon painting. You can hear him read it here.


This strange thing must have crept
Right out of hell.
It resembles a bird's foot
Worn around the cannibal's neck.

As you hold it in your hand,
As you stab with it into a piece of meat,
It is possible to imagine the rest of the bird:
It's head which is like your fist
Is large, bald, beakless, and blind.

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