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Saturday, November 24, 2018

The 'Orphan of Silence'

 Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.” – Charles Simic

Despite his disclaimer, Simic, who recently turned 80, won a Pulitzer Prize for The World Doesn’t End and was a finalist for another of his poetic works.   Critics often refer to Simic’s terse, imagistic poems as “tightly constructed Chinese puzzle boxes.”

Simic said he loves what words can do, and once stated: "Words make love on the page like flies in the summer heat, and the poet is merely the bemused spectator."     For Saturday’s Poem, here is Simic’s,

    The Wooden Toy
                                                  The wooden toy sitting pretty.

No … quieter than that.
Like the sound of eyebrows

                                 Raised by a villain 

                                 In a silent movie.

Psst, someone said behind my back.

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