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"Any new book by Charles Simic is a cause for celebration. He's had a long and illustrious career as poet, critic, and memoirist, and his weird, sometimes funny, often disturbing insights on the human predicament are always rewarding....Sixty Poems is a careful and loving distillation of the most recent phase of Simic's work." Chris Faatz, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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Here are sixty of Charles Simic's best known poems, collected to celebrate his appointment as the fifteenth Poet Laureate of the United States.

Synopsis:

To celebrate Simics appointment as the 15th Poet Laureate of the United States, 60 of his best-known poems are collected in this work.

Synopsis:

Here are sixty of Charles Simic's best-loved poems, collected to celebrate his appointment as the fifteenth poet laureate of the United States.

Charles Simic has been widely celebrated for his brilliant poetic imagery; his social, political, and moral alertness; his uncanny ability to make the ordinary extraordinary; and not least, a sardonic humor all his own. Gathering much of his material from the seemingly mundane minutia of American culture, Simic matches meditations on spiritual concerns and the weight of history with a nimble wit, shifting effortlessly to moments of clear vision and intense poetic revelation.

"Few poets have been as influential--or as inimitable--as Charles Simic." --The New York Times Book Review

"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

Charles Simic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1938, and immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1954, at the age of sixteen. Recently retired from the University of New Hampshire, where he taught American literature and creative writing, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 and held a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant from 1984 to 1989. He is the winner of the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Synopsis:

Here are sixty of Charles Simic's best known poems, collected to celebrate his appointment as the fifteenth Poet Laureate of the United States.

About the Author

Charles Simic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1938, and immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1954, at the age of 16. Recently retired from University of New Hampshire, where he taught American literature and creative writing, he was appointed the 15th Poet Laureate of the United States in August 2007. He has published more than 20 collections of poetry, as well as essay collections, translations, and a memoir. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 and held a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant from 1984 to 1989. The Academy of American Poets has just named him winner of the Wallace Stevens Award.

Table of Contents

Contents

 

From Unending Blues, 1986

 

Toward Nightfall   3

 

Against Whatever It Is Thats Encroaching   6

 

 

From The Book of Gods and Devils, 1990

 

St. Thomas Aquinas   9

 

Factory   11

 

Shelley   12

 

The Devils   15

 

The White Room   17

 

The Big War   19

 

Paradise   20

 

In the Library   21

 

 

From Hotel Insomnia, 1992

 

The Prodigal   25

 

Hotel Insomnia   26

 

The Tiger   27

 

A Book Full of Pictures   29

 

Evening Walk   30

 

Romantic Sonnet   31

 

The Old World   32

 

Country Fair   33

 

 

From A Wedding in Hell, 1994

 

Paradise Motel   37

 

The Clocks of the Dead   38

 

Leaves   39

 

Transport   40

 

Crazy About Her Shrimp   41

 

Reading History   42

 

Empires   44

 

Mystics   45

 

Via del Tritone   46

 

The Secret   47

 

 

From Walking the Black Cat, 1996

 

Mirrors at 4 a.m.   51

 

Cameo Appearance   52

 

What the Gypsies Told My Grandmother While She Was Still a Young Girl   53

 

Little Unwritten Book   54

 

Slaughterhouse Flies   55

 

An Address with Exclamation Points   56

 

Entertaining the Canary   57

 

Ghosts   58

 

At the Cookout   60

 

Club Midnight   62

 

Pastoral Harpsichord   63

 

Have You Met Miss Jones?   64

 

 

From Jackstraws, 1999

 

The Soul Has Many Brides   69

 

Mummys Curse   70

 

The Common Insects of North America   71

 

The Toy   72

 

 

From Night Picnic, 2001

 

Unmade Beds   79

 

The One to Worry About   80

 

Sunday Papers   81

 

The Altar   82

 

My Father Attributed Immortality to Waiters   83

 

The Lives of the Alchemists   84

 

 

From The Voice at 3:00 a.m., 2003

 

Grayheaded Schoolchildren   87

 

Serving Time   88

 

Late September   89

 

 

From My Noiseless Entourage, 2005

 

Self-Portrait in Bed   93

 

To Dreams   94

 

My Noiseless Entourage   95

 

Description of a Lost Thing   96

 

My Turn to Confess   97

 

In the Planetarium   98

 

Pigeons at Dawn   99

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156035644
Author:
Simic, Charles
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
108
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.28 lb

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Product details 108 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156035644 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Any new book by Charles Simic is a cause for celebration. He's had a long and illustrious career as poet, critic, and memoirist, and his weird, sometimes funny, often disturbing insights on the human predicament are always rewarding....Sixty Poems is a careful and loving distillation of the most recent phase of Simic's work." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Synopsis" by , To celebrate Simics appointment as the 15th Poet Laureate of the United States, 60 of his best-known poems are collected in this work.
"Synopsis" by ,
Here are sixty of Charles Simic's best-loved poems, collected to celebrate his appointment as the fifteenth poet laureate of the United States.

Charles Simic has been widely celebrated for his brilliant poetic imagery; his social, political, and moral alertness; his uncanny ability to make the ordinary extraordinary; and not least, a sardonic humor all his own. Gathering much of his material from the seemingly mundane minutia of American culture, Simic matches meditations on spiritual concerns and the weight of history with a nimble wit, shifting effortlessly to moments of clear vision and intense poetic revelation.

"Few poets have been as influential--or as inimitable--as Charles Simic." --The New York Times Book Review

"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

Charles Simic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1938, and immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1954, at the age of sixteen. Recently retired from the University of New Hampshire, where he taught American literature and creative writing, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 and held a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant from 1984 to 1989. He is the winner of the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.

"Synopsis" by ,
Here are sixty of Charles Simic's best known poems, collected to celebrate his appointment as the fifteenth Poet Laureate of the United States.
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