Charles Simic

May 9, 1938
Belgrade, Yugoslavia

Charles Simic had a bad child hood in world war two. In 1954 he left Belgrade, Yugoslavia to go to United States. Then they started to live around the Chicago until 1958. Also he did not speak English until he was 15.

Charles Simic has published numerous translations of French, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Slovenian poetry. He has also been awarded the Best American Poetry award in 1992. He has published more that sixty books in the U.S. Like what the Grass Says.

Country Fair

If you didn't see the six-legged dog, It doesn't matter. We did, and he mostly lay in the corner. As for the extra legs,

One got used to them quickly And thought of other things. Like, what a cold, dark night To be out at the fair.

Then the keeper threw a stick And the dog went after it On four legs, the other two flapping behind, Which made one girl shriek with laughter.

She was drunk and so was the man Who kept kissing her neck. The dog got the stick and looked back at us. And that was the whole show.

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