Friday, February 29, 2008

Paradise Motel by Charles Simic

Simic's poems generally rely more on image and perspective than on music and rhythm. He wants you to feel off-balance reading his work. His language is straightforward--you won't see a glistening vocabulary. I read Paradise Motel as a brutally honest commentary on how we relate to war and suffering.


Paradise Motel

Millions were dead; everybody was innocent.
I stayed in my room. The President
Spoke of war as of a magic love potion.
My eyes were opened in astonishment.
In a mirror my face appeared to me
Like a twice-canceled postage stamp.

I lived well, but life was awful.
there were so many soldiers that day,
So many refugees crowding the roads.
Naturally, they all vanished
With a touch of the hand.
History licked the corners of its bloody mouth.

On the pay channel, a man and a woman
Were trading hungry kisses and tearing off
Each other's clothes while I looked on
With the sound off and the room dark
Except for the screen where the color
Had too much red in it, too much pink.


Charles Simic was born on May 9, 1938, in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, where he had a traumatic childhood during World War II. In 1953 he emigrated from Yugoslavia with his mother and brother to join his father in the United States. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1990.

26 Comments:

Blogger gilda92 said...

"History licked the corners of its bloody mouth"

What a great summary.
Thank you for this poem

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Thank you.

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This was very interesting.

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Blogger kikomachinist said...

very well story..! yeah a great summary..

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Simply great!A touch of cool breeze on a hot summer day.That's poetry for me.Thanks.

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Blogger Shooting Star said...

in my slavic heart is a cry that nevers ends. it is beyond me - a collective grief, shallowly buried in my heart, like in woods in the old country, lined up and shot in the back, holding a baby in front of a ditch, then barely covered by the red wet pungent half-rotten autumn leaves

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Sorrows in great err

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The paving's bad

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The clock ticks so fast

Words are said and never took back

The book closed shut in lack

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