Goran Simić, “Sleeping with Poetry”


Today, a gem: a dazzling, very short essay called “Sleeping with Poetry,” by Bosnian-Canadian poet Goran Simić. Every English class, everywhere, should read it — in my humble opinion. 🙂

An excerpt is below; click on the link above for the full text, as it appears on Mr. Simić’s website.

“It’s a shame, but I don’t remember the place or the occasion when we met for the first time. I guess it must have been a library. My mother asked me what I was doing with a 2,000-year-old lady, still beautiful, but with such a bad reputation that every man in the world could have confessed he’d been in her arms at least once. But I wasn’t jealous at all, and even enjoyed spotting Poetry’s fingerprints on some other man’s skin. I wasn’t even jealous when she fell deeply in love with women: somebody told me that poets are men with women’s hearts. Honestly, Poetry never promised to be faithful, any more than I promised her that I’d never have anything to do with her best friends Fiction, Drama, and Essay.”

Recently, I discovered that Mr. Simić is friends with the beloved accordionist Merima Ključo (whose work I wrote about here). I should have known.

Photograph by the author.

About Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson teaches religion, ethics, philosophy, and human rights at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. He is the author of *American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940* (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and nonfiction essays about Bosnia for the Canadian literary magazine *Numero Cinq*. Born in 1975 in Olean, NY, he earned the Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Virginia, where he specialized in American religious history. He writes, teaches, and lectures about religion in America, popular culture, Mormonism, and Bosnia. He lives in Exeter with his partner, Alexis Simpson, and their two children.
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4 Responses to Goran Simić, “Sleeping with Poetry”

  1. kbrownback says:

    That’s a gem, Tom.

    “I also learned how to be sad. And how to smile.”

  2. puravida says:

    So beautiful – thank you for sharing.

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