Charles Simic calls the Poetry Crisis Line

ROSIE (counselor): Poetry Crisis Line, what is your emergency?
CHARLES SIMIC (caller): What I need is a seraph and a pig.
ROSIE: Uh…okay. Care to elaborate?
SIMIC: The pig to eat and the seraph to ask questions.
ROSIE: Like whether it’s OK to eat pork?

From “Back at the Chicken Shack” by Charles Simic

Rest in peace, Charles Simic (1938-2023)


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