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Sixty Poems by Charles Simic
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Jul 08, 2009

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Is there a poetry book out there that's not a mixed bag?

As often, some were good. Some were mediocre. A few were really workin' it. (Poetically speaking of course.)

My favorite came from his Night Picnic collection, 2001.

And I think of all those, my favorite poem in the book was "The Altar," which I saw as somebody's dresser-top - probably because the first line reads, "The plastic statue of the Virgin/ On top of a bedroom dresser..." On top of the dress are things that are not of any value, except to the person they belong to: "Two pebbles from the grave of a rock star,"..."photograph of a boy/ With the eyes of someone/ Who will drown in a lake real soon."

The last stanza reads, "An altar dignifying the god of chance./ What is beautiful, it cautions,/ Is found accidentally and not sought after./What is beautiful is easily lost."

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