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Fork

Fork

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.


From Selected Poems (Faber and Faber, 2004), copyright © Charles Simic 2004, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

Recordings

Charles Simic Reading from his poems

1Butcher Shop

2Cockroach

3Fork

4The Partial Explanation

5Prodigy

6Shelley

7Factory

8Folk Songs

9Country Fair

10The Clocks of the Dead

11Transport

12Reading History

13Cameo Appearance

14Ghosts

15At the Cookout

16Club Midnight

17Pastoral Harpsichord

18The Soul Has Many Brides

19Unmade Beds

20The One To Worry About

21Cherry Blossom Time

22The Altar

23My Father Attributed Immortality to Waiters

24Views from a Train

25Serving Time

26Cabbage

27Paradise

28In the Library

29The Tiger

30Evening Walk

31The Old World

32Empires

33The Tower

34Late Call

35Emily’s Theme

36The Friends of Heraclitus

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