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The Collected Poems: 1956-1998

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Publisher Comments:

This outstanding new translation brings a uniformity of voice to Zbigniew Herbert's entire poetic output, from his first book of poems, String of Light, in 1956, to his final volume, previously unpublished in English, Epilogue Of the Storm. Collected Poems: 1956-1998, as Joseph Brodsky said of Herbert's Selected Poems, is "bound for a much longer haul than any of us can anticipate." He continues, "For Zbigniew Herbert's poetry adds to the biography of civilization the sensibility of a man not defeated by the century that has been most thorough, most effective in dehumanization of the species. Herbert's irony, his austere reserve and his compassion, the lucidity of his lyricism, the intensity of his sentiment toward classical antiquity, are not just trappings of a modern poet, but the necessary armor — in his case well-tempered and shining indeed — for man not to be crushed by the onslaught of reality. By offering to his readers neither aesthetic nor ethical discount, this poet, in fact, saves them from that poverty which every form of human evil finds so congenial. As long as the species exists, this book will be timely."

Synopsis:

The first ever volume of new and selected poetry from one of our most celebrated and acclaimed poets, Charles Simic.

Synopsis:

“It takes just one glimpse of Charles Simic’s work to establish that he is a master, ruler of his own eccentric kingdom of jittery syntax and signature insight.” -Los Angeles Times

For over fifty years, Charles Simic has been widely celebrated for his brilliant and innovative poetic imagery, his sardonic wit, and a voice all his own. He has been awarded nearly every major literary prize for his poetry, including a Pulitzer and a MacArthur grant, in addition to serving as the poet laureate of the United States in 2007 and 2008.

In this new volume, he distills his life’s work, combining for the first time the best of his early poems with his later works—including nearly three dozen revisions—along with seventeen new, never-before-published poems. Simic’s body of work draws inspiration from a range of topics, from the inscrutability of ordinary life to American blues, from folktales to marriage and war.

Consistently exciting and unexpected, the nearly four hundred poems in this volume represent the best of one of America’s most distinguished and original poets.

About the Author

Zbigniew Herbert (1924-1998) was a spiritual leader of the anticommunist movement in Poland. His work has been translated into almost every Euro-pean language, and he won numerous prizes, including the Jerusalem Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize. His books include Selected Poems, Report from the Besieged City and Other Poems, Mr Cogito, Still Life with a Bridle, and King of the Ants, all published by Ecco.

Table of Contents

from Selected Early Poems

Butcher Shop 3

Cockroach 3

Tapestry 4

Evening 5

The Inner Man 5

Fear 7

Summer Morning 7

Dismantling the Silence 9

Bestiary for the Fingers of My Right Hand 9

Fork 11

Spoon 11

Knife 12

My Shoes 14

Stone 14

Poem Without a Title 15

Concerning My Neighbors, the Hittites 16

Invention of Nothing 19

errata 19

The Bird 20

Two Riddles 22

Brooms 23

Watermelons 25

The Place 26

Breasts 26

Charles Simic 28

Solitude 29

The Chicken Without a Head 30

White 32

What the White Had to Say 41

The Partial Explanation 42

The Lesson 43

A Landscape with Crutches 45

Help Wanted 46

Animal Acts 47

Charons Cosmology 47

The Ballad of the Wheel 48

A Wall 50

The Terms 50

Eyes Fastened with Pins 51

The Prisoner 52

Empire of Dreams 52

Prodigy 53

Baby Pictures of Famous Dictators 54

Shirt 55

Begotten of the Spleen 56

Toy Factory 57

The Little Tear Gland That Says 58

The Stream 59

Furniture Mover 61

Elegy 64

Note Slipped Under a Door 66

Grocery 67

Classic Ballroom Dances 68

Progress Report 69

Winter Night 69

The Cold 70

Devotions 70

Cold Blue Tinge 71

The Writings of the Mystics 72

Window Washer 73

Gallows Etiquette 74

In Midsummer Quiet 74

Peaceful Trees 75

My Beloved 77

Hurricane Season 78

Note 79

History 79

Strictly Bucolic 80

Crows 81

February 82

Punch Minus Judy 82

Austerities 83

Eastern European Cooking 84

My Weariness of Epic Proportions 85

Madonnas Touched Up with Goatees 85

Midpoint 86

from Unending Blues

December 91

Toward Nightfall 91

Early Evening Algebra 94

Ever So Tragic 94

For the Sake of Amelia 95

At the Night Court 96

Dark Farmhouses 97

Popular Mechanics 98

The Fly 98

Outside a Dirtroad Trailer 99

Dear Helen 100

Trees in the Open Country 100

October Arriving 101

Ancient Autumn 102

Against Whatever It Is Thats Encroaching 103

First Frost 103

Without a Sough of Wind 104

from The World Doesnt End

My mother was . . . 109

I was stolen . . . 109

Shes pressing me . . . 109

We were so poor . . . 109

I am the last . . . 110

Everybody knows the . . . 110

He held the Beast . . . 110

It was the epoch . . . 110

Ghost stories written . . . 111

The city had fallen . . . 111

The stone is . . . 111

Lover of endless . . . 111

The hundred-year-old . . . 112

Margaret was copying . . . 112

A poem about . . . 112

Tropical luxuriance . . . 112

Are Russian cannibals . . . 113

My guardian angel . . . 113

The old farmer . . . 113

O witches, O poverty! . . . 113

Once I knew . . . 114

Thousands of old . . . 114

A century of gathering . . . 114

The time of minor . . . 115

Lots of people . . . 115

My father loved . . . 115

Someone shuffles by . . . 116

My Secret Identity Is 115

from The Book of Gods and Devils

The Little Pins of Memory 119

St. Thomas Aquinas 119

A Letter 121

Factory 122

Shelley 123

The Devils 125

Crepuscule with Nellie 126

Two Dogs 128

Evening Talk 128

The Betrothal 129

Frightening Toys 130

The Big War 131

Death, the Philosopher 132

First Thing in the Morning 132

The White Room 133

Winter Sunset 134

The Pieces of the Clock Lie Scattered 135

The Immortal 135

At the Corner 137

Cabbage 137

The Initiate 138

Paradise 141

In the Library 142

The Wail 143

The Scarecrow 143

Windy Evening 144

from Hotel Insomnia

Evening Chess 147

The City 147

Stub of a Red Pencil 148

The Prodigal 148

Hotel Insomnia 149

The Inanimate Object 150

Outside Biaggis Funeral Home 151

The Tiger 151

Clouds Gathering 153

Folk Songs 154

War 154

A Book Full of Pictures 155

Evening Walk 155

Hotel Starry Sky 156

To Think Clearly 157

The Chair 157

Missing Child 158

Marinas Epic 158

Lost Glove 160

Romantic Sonnet 161

Beauty 161

My Quarrel with the Infinite 162

The Old World 163

Country Fair 163

from A Wedding in Hell

Miracle Glass Co. 167

Late Arrival 167

Tattooed City 168

Dream Avenue 169

Haunted Mind 169

Paradise Motel 170

A Wedding in Hell 171

The Dead in Photographs 171

Madame Thebes 172

Evening Visitor 173

The Massacre of the Innocents 173

Pascals Idea 174

The Clocks of the Dead 175

Wanted Poster 175

Explaining a Few Things 176

The Supreme Moment 176

Crazy About Her Shrimp 177

Transport 178

Love Flea 178

What I Overheard 179

Leaves 180

Paper Dolls Cut Out of a Newspaper 180

Reading History 181

Psalm 182

Empires 183

Romantic Landscape 183

Mystics 184

Imported Novelties 185

Via del Tritone 186

Shaving 187

Trailer Park 187

The Tower 188

The Secret 189

from Walking the Black Cat

Mirrors at 4 a.m. 193

Relaxing in a Madhouse 193

Emilys Theme 194

Cameo Appearance 195

The Friends of Heraclitus 196

An Address with Exclamation Points 197

What the Gypsies Told My Grandmother While She Was Still a Young Girl 197

Little Unwritten Book 198

Have You Met Miss Jones? 199

Charm School 200

Ghosts 201

Café Paradiso 202

At the Cookout 203

Pastoral Harpsichord 204

Entertaining the Canary 205

Slaughterhouse Flies 206

Blood Orange 206

October Light 207

Sunsets Coloring Book 207

Late Train 208

Club Midnight 208

Late Call 209

Against Winter 210

The Emperor 211

from Jackstraws

The Voice at 3 a.m. 215

The Soul Has Many Brides 215

The Common Insects of America 216

De Occulta Philosophia 216

Mother Tongue 217

El libro de la sexualidad 218

Mummys Curse 218

In the Street 219

Filthy Landscape 220

Prison Guards Silhouetted Against the Sky 220

Jackstraws 221

School for Visionaries 222

Ambiguitys Wedding 222

Ancient Divinities 223

Obscurely Occupied 224

Head of a Doll 224

On the Meadow 225

Empty Rocking Chair 226

Three Photographs 226

The Toy 227

Talking to the Ceiling 229

Mystic Life 232

from Night Picnic

Past-Lives Therapy 237

Couple at Coney Island 237

Unmade Beds 238

Sunday Papers 239

Cherry Blossom Time 240

People Eating Lunch 240

The One to Worry About 241

The Improbable 242

My Father Attributed Immortality to Waiters 243

The Altar 243

And Then I Think 244

Views from a Train 244

Icaruss Dog 245

Book Lice 246

Three Doors 246

For the Very Soul of Me 247

Car Graveyard 248

Wooden Church 249

In Praise of Worms 250

The Lives of the Alchemists 250

from My Noiseless Entourage

Description of a Lost Thing 255

Self-Portrait in Bed 255

To Dreams 256

My Noiseless Entourage 257

Used Clothing Store 258

Voyage to Cythera 258

Used Book Store 259

Battling Grays 260

Sunlight 260

Minds Roaming 261

Talk Radio 261

My Turn to Confess 262

On the Farm 262

Snowy Morning Blues 263

To Fate 264

Sweetest 264

The Tragic Sense of Life 265

In the Planetarium 266

The Absentee Landlord 266

My Wife Lifts a Finger to Her Lips 267

Pigeons at Dawn 268

from That Little Something

Walking 271

That Little Something 271

Night Clerk in a Roach Hotel 272

Waiting for the Sun to Set 273

House of Cards 273

Aunt Dinah Sailed to China 274

To Laziness 275

Listen 275

Encyclopedia of Horror 276

Dance of the Macabre Mice 277

The Lights Are On Everywhere 278

Memories of the Future 278

In the Junk Store 279

Madmen Are Running the World 279

In the Afternoon 280

Prophesy 280

A Row of High Windows 281

Secret History 281

Wire Hangers 282

Labor and Capital 283

The Bather 283

Eternities 284

Eternitys Orphans 287

from Master of Disguises

Master of Disguises 291

Nineteen Thirty-eight 291

Preachers Warn 292

Old Man 293

Nancy Jane 294

Carrying On Like a Crow 295

Driving Home 295

Sightseeing in the Capital 296

Daughters of Memory 296

In That Big House 297

Puppet Maker 298

Summer Storm 298

The Melon 299

The Lovers 299

The Empress 300

The Toad 301

Summer Light 302

The Invisible 302

from The Voice at 3:00 a.m.

Postcard from S. 311

Empty Barbershop 311

Grayheaded Schoolchildren 312

Serving Time 313

Autumn Sky 314

Separate Truths 314

Late September 315

New Poems

Im Charles 319

Things Need Me 319

One-Man Circus 320

Lingering Ghosts 320

Ventriloquist Convention 321

The Future 322

Softly 323

The Starry Sky 323

Solitude in Hotels 324

In the Egyptian Wing of the Museum 325

Grandpas Spells 325

Trouble Coming 326

Nothing Else 327

The Foundlings 327

Strange Feast 328

In a Dark House 328

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060783952
Author:
Herbert, Zbigniew
Publisher:
Ecco Press
Translator:
Milosz, Czeslaw
Translator:
Valles, Alissa
Introduction:
Zagajewski, Adam
Author:
by Zbigniew Herbert
Author:
Simic, Charles
Subject:
General
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Herbert, Zbigniew
Subject:
Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.3 lb

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“It takes just one glimpse of Charles Simic’s work to establish that he is a master, ruler of his own eccentric kingdom of jittery syntax and signature insight.” -Los Angeles Times

For over fifty years, Charles Simic has been widely celebrated for his brilliant and innovative poetic imagery, his sardonic wit, and a voice all his own. He has been awarded nearly every major literary prize for his poetry, including a Pulitzer and a MacArthur grant, in addition to serving as the poet laureate of the United States in 2007 and 2008.

In this new volume, he distills his life’s work, combining for the first time the best of his early poems with his later works—including nearly three dozen revisions—along with seventeen new, never-before-published poems. Simic’s body of work draws inspiration from a range of topics, from the inscrutability of ordinary life to American blues, from folktales to marriage and war.

Consistently exciting and unexpected, the nearly four hundred poems in this volume represent the best of one of America’s most distinguished and original poets.

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