In memory of a master teacher and writer
Aw, dang. I saw Simic at an event (The Thing In The Spring) out in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire. He was fabulous.
I'm going to search out Charlie's poems now. He sounds fabulous, and I loved this story.
Thank you for this. I was a UNH student 1993-97 and currently work there and he was an amazing, talented and wonderful person.
I appreciate having this now in my head when I listen to G500 Snowstorm.
My love of Charles Simic goes way back. Jackstraws, maybe my favorite of his collections. When Wes McNair and I were in conversation and he was writing his book on craft, he quoted Charles to me and said, "Strive for tension in your free verse poem between the restless and inquisitive sentence and the line that pulls back on it. In conversation, Charles Simic once described the tension this way: "The line is Buddha; the sentence is Socrates." I'm going to write back to you about something new I'm doing with two other writers here. My email will come from email@example.com -- I hope you'll read it. xo ~ Mary
This is a wonderful tribute, it's such an amazing experience to have a mentor, ups and downs and all.