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Hamlet’s ghost wandering the halls of a Vegas motel, a street corner ventriloquist using passersby as dummies, and Jesus panhandling in a weed-infested Eden are just a few of the startling conceits Simic unleashes in this collection. “Few contemporary poets have been as influential-or inimitable-as Charles Simic” (New York Times Book Review).
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Walking the Black Cat

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Overview

Hamlet’s ghost wandering the halls of a Vegas motel, a street corner ventriloquist using passersby as dummies, and Jesus panhandling in a weed-infested Eden are just a few of the startling conceits Simic unleashes in this collection. “Few contemporary poets have been as influential-or inimitable-as Charles Simic” (New York Times Book Review).
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Arguably the most original of our great poets, Simic has been recognized with a MacArthur Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize. The apparent simplicity of his poetic voice evokes a world at once darkly foreign yet seductively familiar. This collection, like Simic's many previous volumes, dazzles with images, insights, and narratives and disturbs with its recognition of the dark and inexplicable. Simic's familiar themes appearscraps of an austere childhood in war-ravaged Europe, fascination with silence and anonymity, terrors and alienations of the commonplace, and conversations with philosophers and poets who feed his imagination. Interestingly, love poems rise to the top and give this book its rapture. Despite this thrust, a few dark corners remain. Still, it would be a shame not to persist; with Simic the effort is always rewarded. Highly recommended for anyone interested in contemporary poetry.James A. Zoller, Houghton Coll., N.Y.
Booknews
The latest collection by the 1990 Pulitzer Prize winner (The World Doesn't End), recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547691695
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/17/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • File size: 120 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

Dark Corner 1
Mirrors at 4 a.m. 2
Relaxing in a Madhouse 3
Roach Motel 4
Emily's Theme 5
Cameo Appearance 6
The Friends of Heraclitus 7
An Address with Exclamation Points 9
Le Dame e i Cavalieri 10
Shadow Publishing Company 11
Talking to Little Birdies 13
The Master of Ceremonies 14
My Magician 15
Night in the House of Cards 17
On the Road to Somewhere Else 18
What the Gypsies Told my Grandmother while She Was Still a Young Girl 21
Little Unwritten Book 22
Winter Evening 23
Have You Met Miss Jones? 24
On the Sagging Porch 26
Dogs Hear It 27
Meditation in the Gutter 28
Charm School 29
Ghosts 30
Under New Management 32
The Conquering Hero Is Tired 33
The Story of Happiness 34
Theatrical Costumes 35
Bed Music 36
Marked Playing Cards 37
The Road in the Clouds 38
Cafe Paradiso 39
Blindman's Bluff 40
Turn On the Lights 41
At the Cookout 42
Don't Wake the Cards 44
Free the Goldfish 45
Pastoral Harpsichord 46
Kitchen Helper 47
Entertaining the Canary 48
The Forest Walk 49
Slaughterhouse Flies 50
My Darling Premonition 51
Blood Orange 52
October Light 53
First Day of Summer 54
The Preacher Says 55
Sunset's Coloring Book 58
In a Forest of Whispers 59
Lone Tree 60
Make Yourself Invisible 61
Toad's Poolhall 62
Pain 63
Late Train 65
Club Midnight 66
Late Call 67
Official Inquiry among the Grains of Sand 68
The Street Ventriloquist 69
The Father of Lies 70
Against Winter 71
Squinting Suspiciously 72
The Something 73
Collector's Tweezers 74
The Great Picnic 75
Hot Night 76
My Progress on Stilts 77
The Emperor 79
The Anniversary 83
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