02 August 2007

Charles Simic

Today The New York Times announced that Charles Simic has been named poet laureate. Six months ago I posted about one particular poem of Simic's and how it provoked me to think about the photographic convention of focusing on individuals. Here is another of his poems.

Poem Without A Title
by Charles Simic

I say to the lead
Why did you let yourself
Be cast into a bullet?
Have you forgotten the alchemists?
Have you given up hope
In turning into gold?

Nobody answers.
Lead. Bullet. With names
Such as these
The sleep is deep and long.

From Selected Early Poems (W.W. Norton, 1999), page 40.

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