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.”
Photograph by the author.