Charles Simic

Jocelyn Duran


This strange thing must have crept

Right out of hell.

It resembles a bird’s foot

Worn around the cannibal’s neck.

As you hold it in your hand,

As you stab with it into a piece of meat,

It is possible to imagine the rest of the bird:

Its head which like your fist

Is large, bald, beakless, and blind.

About Simic

- Born May 9, 1938 in Belgrade Yugoslavia
- Did not speak English until he was 15, came to the US at 16
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- Himself & family spent time in refugee camps and prisons, finally able to leave to Paris in 1953. A year later came to America.
- First poems published when he was 21 (1959)
- He has published more than 60 books (many of poetry)
- His poetry is surprising containing ironic humor


- The image of the cannibal is the ultimate symbol of human cruelty and barbarism.
- The utensil becomes an extension of humanity’s violent nature.
- The fork is a murderer, the meat the victim of the hand’s cruelty.