Simic puts chirping birds, sex, and happiness into a world of broken windows, shivering trees, soldiers, lone dogs, the homeless of the city, and a God still making up his mind. “Provocative...a tantalizing, beautiful fusion of visions” (Bloomsbury Review).
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A Wedding in Hell

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Simic puts chirping birds, sex, and happiness into a world of broken windows, shivering trees, soldiers, lone dogs, the homeless of the city, and a God still making up his mind. “Provocative...a tantalizing, beautiful fusion of visions” (Bloomsbury Review).
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Editorial Reviews

Donna Seaman
Simic is a poet of quiet angst and profound skepticism. His poems reflect this in their brevity and spareness. In his newest collection, he seems to be working with a set number of images and words he uses like puzzle pieces to create a series of desolate and enigmatic poems. Some of these recurring images include a stopped clock, a dark window, a cockroach, a TV with the sound off tuned to a sex scene, and Christ in pain. Simic's blasted world lies stunned beneath the "mad serenity" of the sky. People are destitute or, at best, uneasy, occupied with empty rituals of watchfulness undermined by apathy. These are tense and biting poems of resignation, fragmented dreams, and melancholia. Some are prayers to a muddled God half afraid of his own creations, while others reveal a bleak humor in the perversity of things, in death shadowing every glimmer of life. These poems are hard-edged and unsettling, but as you acclimate yourself to Simic's grim outlook, images of startling intensity and intelligence leap from the page like heat lightning on an oppressive night, and you nod in respectful recognition.
The latest collection by the immensely influential Pulitzer Prize- winning poet continues his striking juxtapositions of the joys of the quotidian against the backdrop of a fragmented universe. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547691725
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/30/1994
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • File size: 119 KB

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Miracle Glass Co 3
Late Arrival 4
Childhood at the Movies 5
Tattooed City 6
Dream Avenue 7
Sinister Company 8
Haunted Mind 9
Paradise Motel 10
On a Side Street 11
Voice from the Cage 12
A Wedding in Hell 13
The Dead in Photographs 14
Madame Thebes 15
Documentary 16
Evening Visitor 17
The Oldest Child 18
The Massacre of the Innocents 19
Pascal's Idea 20
The World 21
The Clocks of the Dead 22
Raskolnikov 23
Mad Business 27
This Morning 28
The Church of Insomnia 29
Heroic Moment 30
The Beggar on Houston Street 31
Wanted Poster 32
Happiness 33
Explaining a Few Things 34
Grim Contingencies 35
The Crystal Pyramid 36
Pocket Theater 37
Divine Collaborator 38
The Supreme Moment 39
Crazy about Her Shrimp 40
Transport 41
Awaiting Judgement 42
Love Flea 43
What I Overheard 44
The Secret 45
Leaves 46
The Pleasures of Reading 49
In Ecstasy of Surrender 50
Where the Dreamy Wabash Flows 51
A Puppet Play 52
Hoarder of Tragedy 53
Paper Dolls Cut Out of a Newspaper 54
Reading History 55
Men Deified Because of Their Cruelty 57
Psalm 58
The Story of Cercopes 59
The Big Coverup 60
Empires 61
In Strange Cities 62
The Story of the Crucifixion 63
Midnight Serenaders 64
At Sunset 65
Romantic Landscape 66
Dark TV Screen 67
Prayer 68
Children of the Storm 69
Mystics 70
Imported Novelties 71
Via del Tritone 72
Shaving 73
Trailerpark 74
The Tower 75
Little Prophet 76
Mystery Writer 77
The Secret 79
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