Charles Simic

Charles Simic (born Dušan Simić) is a Serbian-American poet and the 15th Poet Laureate of the United States. He is co-Poetry Editor of the Paris Review. Simic is the 2007 recipient of the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. This $100,000 (US) prize recognizes outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.



Gaelhas quotedlast year
Heaven doesn’t hear the cries

Of the ones drowning but I do
Gaelhas quotedlast year
Among My Late Visitors
There is also a cow

Whose eyes the soldiers

Took out with a knife

And lit straw under its tail

So it would run blind

Over a minefield

And thereafter into my head

From time to time
Gaelhas quotedlast year
O Great Starry Sky
Where our thoughts go

Like door-to-door Bible salesmen,

Only to have the doors

Slammed into their faces.
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