The poetry of Charles Simic reveals the effectiveness of the surreal in the work of a master. In the poem "Walking," he searches for evidence of a past neighborhood, asks : "Where is the bus that passed this way?/...And that schoolhouse with the red fence?" He asserts that "Miss Harding is probably still at her desk,/ Sighing as she grades papers late into the night." Not finding the street, he concludes:
"All I can do is make another tour of the neighborhood,
Hoping I'll meet someone to show me the the way
And a place to sleep, since I've no return ticket
To wherever it is I came from earlier this evening."
THAT LITTLE SOMETHING
Copyright 2008 by Charles Simic
Neva Herrington is a poet and former educator. She is currently working on a new book of poetry, a collection of short stories, and her memoir. Her inspiration comes from her own experience and the work of other poets.