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The Voice at 3: 00 a.M: Selected Late and New Poems


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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, the sardonic humor all his own. Gathering much of his material from the seemingly mundane minutiae of contemporary 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.

Chosen as one of the New York Library's 25 Books to Remember for 2003, The Voice at 3:00 A. M. was also nominated for a National Book Award. The recipient of many prizes, Simic most recently received Canada's Griffin Prize. The poems in this collection--spanning two decades of his work--present a rich and varied survey of a remarkable lyrical journey.

In the Street

Beauty, dark goddess,

We met and parted

As though we parted not.

Like two stopped watches

In a dusty store window,

One golden morning of time.


One of the leading American poets offers a new collection of poems that plumbs the ordinary American experience for spiritual insights, wit, and historical relevance. Reprint.

About the Author

CHARLES SIMIC was born in Belgrade and emigrated to the United States in 1954. He is the author of many books of poetry and prose. Among other honors, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 and served as the Poet Laureate of the United States in 20072008.

Table of Contents

From unending blues, 1986: December — Early evening algebra — Toward nightfall — William and Cynthia — Night court — First frost — For the sake of Amelia — October arriving — Against whatever it is that's encroaching — Promises of leniency and forgiveness — From the book of Gods and devils, 1990: Little pins of memory — St. Thomas Aquinas — Letter Factory — Shelley — Betrothal — Devils — Evening talk — White room — Frightening toys — Big war — Corner — Word — Pieces of the clock lie scattered — Immortal — Gods — Two dogs — Cabbage — Paradise — In the library — Scarecrow — Windy evening — From hotel insomnia, 1992: Evening chess — Penal architecture — Prodigal — Hotel insomnia — Tiger — Clouds gathering — Folk songs — Book full of pictures — Evening walk — Hotel starry sky — Think clearing — Chair — Lost glove — Romantic sonnet — Beauty — My quarrel with the infinite — Old world — Country fair — From a wedding in hell, 1994: Sinister company — Dream avenue — Paradise motel — Clocks of the dead — Explaining a few things — Romantic landscape — Leaves — Transport — Crazy about her shrimp — Reading history — Empires — Tower — Shaving — Mystics — Via del Tritone — Secret — From walking the black cat, 1996: Mirrors at 4 A.M. — Relaxing in a madhouse — Late call — Emily's theme — Cameo appearance — What the gypsies told my grandmother while she was still a young girl — Charm school — October light — Ghosts — Cookout — Club midnight — Blood orange — Pastoral harpsichord — Friends of heraclitus — From jackstraws, 1999: Voice at 3:00 A.M. — Speck-sized screaming head — Soul has many brides — El libro de la sexualidad — Mummy's curse — Prison guards silhouetted against the sky — School for visionaries — Midsummer feast — Obscurely occupied — On the meadow — Talking to the ceiling — De occulta philosophia — Mystic life — Ambiguity wedding — Head of a doll — From night picnic, 2001: Past-lives therapy — Unmade beds — Street of jewelers — Ones to worry about — Cherry blossom time — Sunday papers — Then I think — Altar — My father attributed immortality to waiters — Views from a train — Night picnic — Car graveyard — Wooden church — Lives of the Alchemists — New poems: Nearest nameless — Empty barbershop — In the street — Grayheaded schoolchildren — Serving time — Postcard from S. — Little night music — Driving these roads — Museum opens at midnight — Party friend — Prompter — Autumn sky — Something large is in the woods — To the one tunneling — Separate truths — Secret doctrine — Hearse — Cafe don Quixote — Late September.

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
General Poetry
Charles Simic
Simic, Charles
American - General
Single Author / American
Poetry-A to Z
Poetry : American - General
Poetry : General
Publication Date:
April 2006

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The Voice at 3: 00 a.M: Selected Late and New Poems
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