THE LYRIC IMPULSE.

It’s funny ’cause it’s true:

All lyric poems are narcissistic. They are the earliest form of the personal ad. They’ve been saying for more than a thousand years, “I’m a sensitive, vulnerable, misunderstood, barely solvent, lovable little fellow who would like to meet a person of exquisite taste who is not averse to an occasional roll in the hay.” –Charles Simic

(Via Giornale Nuovo, which I found through Caterina; it’s written by misteraitch, who lives “in an apartment in an hotel in a town on the Baltic coast of southern Sweden” and posts all manner of good and beautiful things.)

Comments

  1. This reminds me that I failed to acknowledge my source for the quote…
    http://www.duke.edu/~tkp1/poetrydefs.htm

  2. This link to the source of Simic’s quote is dead. Do you know when and where he said it?

  3. I’m afraid I don’t; you might write misteraitch and ask if he can retrieve the source (his e-mail is in the left-hand column of this page).

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