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New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012

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Publisher Comments:

“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.

Review:

"Simic is one of America's preeminent poets as well as a major figure on the world literary scene. Born in Belgrade and resident in the U.S. since his teenage years, Simic's sensibility was shaped by his earliest war-ravaged memories and a Kafkaesque flair for dark humor and reality stretched just shy of surrealism. His poems from the 1960s and '70s — such as the famous 'Dismantling the Silence ('With a sharp whistle slit its belly open./ If there are ashes in it, close your eyes/ And blow them whichever way the wind is pointing') — helped shape a poetic generation, while his more recent work (such as this, from 'To Fate': 'I can feel you snuggle close to me at night,/ With your hot breath, your cold hands — / And me already like an old piano/ Dangling out of a window at the end of a rope') has won Simic almost every honor an American poet can win, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Poet Laureateship. But, until now, Simic's body of work was split between two publishers and two separate 'Selected Poems' volumes. This books brings together, for the first time, poems from Simic's entire career; it reveals that while his style was largely formed at the beginning, Simic's tone has loosened, become more conversational, more comical, perhaps more ironic from book to book, accommodating more nakedly autobiographical material, at times more sweetness ('Summer light,' Simic notes, 'likes empty churches/ At the blue hour of dawn'), if also some repetition of images, themes, and modes. But this is an essential book." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

A new collection of poems by the recent Poet Laureate.

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

In this new collection of sixty-two poems Charles Simic paints exquisite and shattering word pictures that lend meaning to a chaotic world populated by insects, bridal veils, pallbearers, TV sets, parrots, and a finely detailed dragonfly. Suffused with hope yet unafraid to mock his own credulity, Simic's searing metaphors unite the solemn with the absurd. His raindrops listen to each other fall and collect memories; his wildflowers are drunk with kissing the red-hot breezes; and his God is a Mr. Know-it-all, a wheeler-dealer, a wire-puller. In this latest lyrical gathering, Simic continues to startle his fans with the powerful and surprising images that are his trademark-slangy images of the ethereal, fantastic visions of the everyday, foreign scenes of the all-American-and moments full of humor and full of heartache.

Synopsis:

In his first volume of poetry since his tenure as poet laureate, Charles Simic shows he is at the height of his poetic powers. These new poems mine the rich strain of inscrutability in ordinary life, until it is hard to know what is innocent and what ominous. There is something about his work that continues to be crystal clear and yet deeply weighted with violence and mystery. Reading it is like going undercover. The face of a girl carrying a white dress from the cleaners with her eyes half-closed. The Adam & Evie Tanning Salon at night. A sparrow on crutches. A rubber duck in a shooting gallery on a Sunday morning. And someone in a tree swing, too old to be swinging and to be wearing no clothes at all, blowing a toy trumpet at the sky.

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 2007-2008.

Table of Contents

I

Description of a Lost Thing 3

Shading Exercise 4

Self-Portrait in Bed 5

To Dreams 6

The Gamblers Upstairs 7

Calamity Crier 8

The Alarm 9

My Noiseless Entourage 10

Fabulous Species and Landscapes 11

Used Clothing Store 15

The Centuries 16

Voyage to Cythera 17

II

Used Book Store 21

Hitchhikers 22

Graveyard on a Hill 23

The World Runs on Futility 24

Battling Grays 25

Sunlight 26

The Birdie 27

Minds Roaming 28

Cockroach Salon 29

Midnight Feast 30

One Chair 31

Insomnia's Cricket 32

Talk Radio 33

III

My Turn to Confess 37

The Hermetical and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus 38

On the Farm 39

I See Lots of Sticks on the Ground 40

Everybody Had Lost Track of Time 41

Brethren 42

Ask Your Astrologer 43

Kazoo Wedding 44

Snowy Morning Blues 45

To Fate 46

Slurred Words 47

Meeting the Captain 48

Sweetest 49

Leaves at Night 50

IV

Starlings in a Tree at Dusk 53

The Headline 54

The Tragic Sense of Life 55

The Role of Insomnia in History 56

In the Planetarium 57

In the Morning Half-Awake 58

The Absentee Landlord 59

He Heard with His Dead Ear 60

December 21 61

My Wife Lifts a Finger to Her Lips 62

Our Old Neighbor 63

Pigeons at Dawn 64

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547928289
Author:
Simic, Charles
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Simic is one of America's preeminent poets as well as a major figure on the world literary scene. Born in Belgrade and resident in the U.S. since his teenage years, Simic's sensibility was shaped by his earliest war-ravaged memories and a Kafkaesque flair for dark humor and reality stretched just shy of surrealism. His poems from the 1960s and '70s — such as the famous 'Dismantling the Silence ('With a sharp whistle slit its belly open./ If there are ashes in it, close your eyes/ And blow them whichever way the wind is pointing') — helped shape a poetic generation, while his more recent work (such as this, from 'To Fate': 'I can feel you snuggle close to me at night,/ With your hot breath, your cold hands — / And me already like an old piano/ Dangling out of a window at the end of a rope') has won Simic almost every honor an American poet can win, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Poet Laureateship. But, until now, Simic's body of work was split between two publishers and two separate 'Selected Poems' volumes. This books brings together, for the first time, poems from Simic's entire career; it reveals that while his style was largely formed at the beginning, Simic's tone has loosened, become more conversational, more comical, perhaps more ironic from book to book, accommodating more nakedly autobiographical material, at times more sweetness ('Summer light,' Simic notes, 'likes empty churches/ At the blue hour of dawn'), if also some repetition of images, themes, and modes. But this is an essential book." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
A new collection of poems by the recent Poet Laureate.
"Synopsis" by , The first ever volume of new and selected poetry from one of our most celebrated and acclaimed poets, Charles Simic.
"Synopsis" by ,
In this new collection of sixty-two poems Charles Simic paints exquisite and shattering word pictures that lend meaning to a chaotic world populated by insects, bridal veils, pallbearers, TV sets, parrots, and a finely detailed dragonfly. Suffused with hope yet unafraid to mock his own credulity, Simic's searing metaphors unite the solemn with the absurd. His raindrops listen to each other fall and collect memories; his wildflowers are drunk with kissing the red-hot breezes; and his God is a Mr. Know-it-all, a wheeler-dealer, a wire-puller. In this latest lyrical gathering, Simic continues to startle his fans with the powerful and surprising images that are his trademark-slangy images of the ethereal, fantastic visions of the everyday, foreign scenes of the all-American-and moments full of humor and full of heartache.

"Synopsis" by , In his first volume of poetry since his tenure as poet laureate, Charles Simic shows he is at the height of his poetic powers. These new poems mine the rich strain of inscrutability in ordinary life, until it is hard to know what is innocent and what ominous. There is something about his work that continues to be crystal clear and yet deeply weighted with violence and mystery. Reading it is like going undercover. The face of a girl carrying a white dress from the cleaners with her eyes half-closed. The Adam & Evie Tanning Salon at night. A sparrow on crutches. A rubber duck in a shooting gallery on a Sunday morning. And someone in a tree swing, too old to be swinging and to be wearing no clothes at all, blowing a toy trumpet at the sky.
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