new poet laureate...

Charles Simic

    The hundred-year-old china doll’s head the sea washes up on its gray beach. One would like to know the story. One would like to make it up, make up many stories. It’s been so long in the sea, the eyes and nose have been erased, its faint smile is even fainter. With the night coming, one would like to see oneself walking the empty beach and bending down to it.

     – from The World Doesn’t End (1989)


Pris said...

What a surprise. What a delightful surprise!

Nick said...

James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress who announced Simic's appointment, said the range of the poet's "imagination is evident in his stunning and unusual imagery. He handles language with the skill of a master craftsman, yet his poems are easily accessible, often meditative and surprising."

I agree whole-heartedly with the choice.