The Book of Gods and Devils

By Charles Simic

Loneliness, loss, disappointment, and secret mark this glorious quantity of forty-nine poems via Charles Simic, winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and praised as “one of the actually innovative writers of our time” through the l. a. Times.

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In a dimly lit facet road, the place the sidewalk shone like a ballroom replicate At final time— A well-dressed guy with none footwear requested me for cash. His eyes shone, he appeared effective Like a fencing grasp Who had simply struck a mortal blow. How unusual all of it used to be ... The world's raffle That darkish October night... The yellowed quantity of poetry With its Splendors and Glooms Which I studied via the sunshine of storefronts: Drugstores and barbershops, terrified of my small windowless room chilly as a tomb of an baby emperor. THE DEVILS You have been a "victim of semiromantic anarchism In its so much irrational shape. " i used to be "ill comfortable in an ambiguous global abandoned through windfall. " We drank gin And made love within the afternoon. The associates' TV's have been tuned to cleaning soap operas. the sad spoke little. there have been interminable pauses. delicate organ tune. anyone coughing. "It's like Strindberg's Dream Play" you acknowledged. "What is? " I requested and bought no answer. i used to be staring at a spider at the ceiling. It was once the type St. Veronica ate in her martyrdom. "That lady subsisted on spiders only," I advised the janitor while he got here to mend the tap. He wore soiled overalls and a derby hat. as soon as he have been an inmate of a infamous nation establishment. "I'm now not Jesus," he educated us fortunately. He believed basically in devils now. "This construction is stuffed with them," he confided. possible see their horns and tails If one stuck them of their baths. "He's obtained darkish a long time on his brain," you stated. "Who does? " I requested and acquired no answer. The spider had the beginnings of an internet Over our heads. the area was once quiet other than whilst considered one of us took a sip of gin. CREPUSCULE WITH NELLIE for Ira Monk on the 5 Spot overdue one evening. Ruby my expensive, Epistrophy. where approximately empty as a result chilly spell. One attractive black transvestite by myself up entrance, Sipping his drink demurely. The track Pythagorean, one observe at a time Connecting the heavenly spheres, whereas I leaned opposed to the bar surveying the premises via cigarette smoke. out of the blue, a transparent experience of a memorable occasion... the enjoyment of it, the scrumptious melancholy... This very unusual guy bent over the piano shaking his head, humming... Misterioso. Then it was once in every single place, thanks! Chairs being stacked up on tables, their legs up. the possibility of the freeze outdoor, the lengthy stroll domestic, Making one procrastinatory. Who stated american citizens wouldn't have background, in simple terms unending nostalgia? And the place the hell was once Nellie? the massive laptop The insides of the computer at evening Like a backyard of carnivorous crops. There is going the mad general practitioner briefly pants Wielding a butterfly internet. Hairpins, shaving mirrors, blown-up condoms With spikes, or may perhaps they be levers, Pulleys, dangling counterweights Enacting their shadow-farces and tragedies? Is it a lady's dainty slipper they're elevating or reducing, Or the ghost of the computer using an empty swing? The Monster who cannot inform Plugs himself into an electrical outlet And gathers a twig Of pig-iron immortelles. canine for Charles and Holly An outdated puppy fearful of his personal shadow In a few Southern city.

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