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.

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1Butcher Shop

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2Cockroach

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3Fork

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4The Partial Explanation

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5Prodigy

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6Shelley

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7Factory

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8Folk Songs

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9Country Fair

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10The Clocks of the Dead

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11Transport

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12Reading History

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13Cameo Appearance

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14Ghosts

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15At the Cookout

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16Club Midnight

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17Pastoral Harpsichord

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18The Soul Has Many Brides

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19Unmade Beds

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20The One To Worry About

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21Cherry Blossom Time

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22The Altar

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23My Father Attributed Immortality to Waiters

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24Views from a Train

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25Serving Time

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26Cabbage

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27Paradise

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28In the Library

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29The Tiger

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30Evening Walk

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31The Old World

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32Empires

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33The Tower

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34Late Call

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35Emily’s Theme

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36The Friends of Heraclitus

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