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Simic's ( The Book of Gods and Devils ) latest volume has the surrealistic clarity sometimes achieved by the sleepless. In the small hours, a drastic simplification takes place by which the infinite particulars of the world seem to point to a mere handful of meanings. Suddenly ``Everything is a magic ritual, / A secret cinema.'' But while the resulting combinations are varied, ingenious and fascinating--``The city, that winter evening, / Like an opera house on fire--the symbolically charged atmosphere ultimately becomes oppressive and horrifying: ``The high leaves like my mother's lips / Forever trembling, unable to decide, / For there's a bit of wind, / And it's like hearing voices, / Or a mouth full of muffled laughter, / A huge dark mouth we can all fit in / Suddenly covered by a hand.'' The style and the subject matter show Simic's East European roots and influences. Biography is not a story waiting to be told, but a labyrinth, ``the infinite number of lines / That join to me things and beings, / so that a diagram / Of any moment in my life / Looks like a child's scribble.'' Some will inevitably reject Simic's heavily symbolic nocturnal world, but a strange and remarkable journey awaits those who are willing to accept his unusual invitation: ``Sleeplessness is like metaphysics. Be there.'' (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671769970
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Pages: 224

Table of Contents

Foreword 13
Introduction 17
Getting Started 21
Guidelines for Understanding and Interacting With Children 23
Helping With the Basics 27
hunger 29
clothing 39
home and shelter 47
One on One, Spending Time 59
friendship and simple pleasures 61
developing talent 71
Opening Doors, Creating Opportunities 77
education 79
literacy 91
what businesses can do 99
Healthy Beginnings, Strong Starts 113
health and infant mortality 115
helping the parents 127
Speaking Up, Making a Difference 139
advocacy 141
spread the word 151
Special Groups, Special Days 159
youth reaching out 161
colleges 177
seniors 189
holidays and celebrations 197
additional national referral agencies 208
arts acknowledgments 211
bibliography 215
index 219
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