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Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell


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In Dime-Store Alchemy, poet Charles Simic reflects on the life and work of Joseph Cornell, the maverick surrealist who is one of America’s great artists. Simic’s spare prose is as enchanting and luminous as the mysterious boxes of found objects for which Cornell is justly renowned. 


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Charles Simic is a poet, essayist and translator. He has published twenty collections of his own poetry, five books of essays, a memoir, and numerous of books of translations. He has received many literary awards for his poems and his translations, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize and the MacArthur Fellowship. The Voice at 3 A.M., his selected later and new poems, was published in 2003 and a new book of poems My Noiseless Entourage came out in the spring of 2005. His new ebook from New York Review Books is titled Confessions of a Poet Laureate.

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EllenSka, October 23, 2011 (view all comments by EllenSka)
Poet Charles Simic’s little book lauds assemblage artist Joseph Cornell (best known for his box assemblages), obliquely outlines the theoretical bases of assemblage and collage, and touches the deep heart of “it” -- the beautiful mystery. This newly rereleased paperback is perhaps even more timely today than when it was first released in 1992. Biography, image, quotation, introspection, and observation are collected and juxtaposed in assemblage-like short prose poems to deep effect. Simic, the U.S. Poet Laureate of 2007, saw much trouble in his Yugoslavian youth and appreciates the ambiguities of art and memory, and this book, inspired by Joseph Cornell, gives the reader a survivor’s hope and sustenance.
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Simic, Charles
New York Review of Books
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Art-History and Criticism
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