Looking for the pearl


Charles Simic : . . .  Back in the ’70s, a woman stopped me on Second Avenue, in the 50s, on a hot summer day and asked me with tearful eyes to look for a pearl that she lost. That’s where the poem starts.

Interviewer: I’m guessing you never found the pearl.

Charles Simic: I did not. Are you kidding me? But I’m still looking for it as I walk around the streets of New York.

Paris Review interview (from here) 

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