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The Unemployed Fortune-Teller: Essays and Memoirs (Poets on Poetry)

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Charles Simic, born in Yugoslavia in 1938, believes that tragedy, comedy, and paradox are the commonplace experiences of an exile's life. In The Unemployed Fortune-Teller he continues to search in essays, memoirs, and journal entries for the sources of his poetry. The eighteen wonderfully eclectic pieces in this new collection deal with such subjects as contemporary American poetry, the surrealist concept of chance, the blues, erotic folk songs, nationalism and the dismemberment of Yugoslavia, painting, photography, movies, the relationship of food to happiness, and his formative experiences in New York and France, where he served in the U.S. Army.

The writing collected in The Unemployed Fortune-Teller reflects the poet's concern with the complex interplay of poetry, art, philosophy, and one's own biography. It is also a pleasure to read, with prose that is at once serious and playful. Those who appreciate Simic's poetry know that he enjoys odd juxtapositions that reveal hidden and unexpected connections. This collection of his memoirs and essays will similarly surprise and delight them.

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"[A] rich reading experience." Library Journal

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Provides glimpses into the origins of Charles Simic's poetry

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Charles Simic, who spent his childhood in Yugoslavia during the Second World War, believes that tragedy, comedy, and paradox are the commonplace experiences of an exile's life. In the essays, memoirs, and journal articles collected in The Unemployed Fortune Teller, he continues to search these experiences for the sources of his poetry.

About the Author

Charles Simic's most recent poetry collection is Hotel Insomnia. He has won a number of prizes for his poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1990, Guggenheim and Macarthur Fellowships, and a P.E.N. Translation Prize. He is Professor of English, University of New Hampshire.

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squeezeboxbabe, September 2, 2006 (view all comments by squeezeboxbabe)
This is one of those books that you can just pick up and read a page or a story at random and feel inspired to live or write. When I go on vacation I always take this book. When I can't sleep I reach for this book. If you can't find a used copy of this book, it is probably because I bought it to give to a friend, and I'm not sorry about it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780472065691
Author:
Simic, Charles
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Location:
Ann Arbor :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetics
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Simic, Charles
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paper Text
Series:
Poets on Poetry (Paperback)
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
19950231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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