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Charles Simic: Selected Early Poems
     

Charles Simic: Selected Early Poems

by Charles Simic
 

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When this selection of Charles Simic's work first appeared, it was hailed as "easily the best volume of poetry published in 1985....[Simic] is one of the wisest poets of his generation, and one of the best." (The Georgia Review) For this new edition of his selected poems, Simic has added twenty-eight poems and extensively revised others, making this the most

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When this selection of Charles Simic's work first appeared, it was hailed as "easily the best volume of poetry published in 1985....[Simic] is one of the wisest poets of his generation, and one of the best." (The Georgia Review) For this new edition of his selected poems, Simic has added twenty-eight poems and extensively revised others, making this the most complete collection available of his early work. In the spare, haunting vision of these poems, the familiar takes on a disturbing, often sinister, presence. A fork "resembles a bird's foot / Worn around the cannibal's neck" and a bird's chirp is "Like a match flickering / In a new grave." Life's horrors--violence, hunger, poverty, illness--lurk unnervingly in the background. And yet, despite the horror, a sense of wonder pervades these poems, transforming the ordinary world into a mysterious place of unknowable forces. Classic displays of the economy and grace of Simic's work, these poems occupy an established place in American poetry.

Editorial Reviews

Adam Kirsch
His skill and sure instinct make this book one of the important poetic achievements of our time.
The New York Times Book Review
Kirsch
Simic's skill and sure instinct make this book one of the important poetic achievements of our time.
The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807614563
Publisher:
Braziller, George Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.33(h) x 1.02(d)

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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