The World Doesn't End

The World Doesn't End

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by Charles Simic
     
 

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In this collection, winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, Charles Simic puns, pulls pranks. He can be jazzy and streetwise. Or cloak himself in antiquity. Simic has new eyes, and in these wonderful poems and poems-in-prose he lets the reader see through them.
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In this collection, winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, Charles Simic puns, pulls pranks. He can be jazzy and streetwise. Or cloak himself in antiquity. Simic has new eyes, and in these wonderful poems and poems-in-prose he lets the reader see through them.

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Library Journal
These 67 prose poems could be from Hamlet's writing tablet: investigating madness, they search for truth. Poet, translator, winner of a MacArthur Fellowship, Simic tries to make sense of a world that like ``the old river . . . in its confusion sometimes forgets and flows backwards.'' Ancestors undergo mysterious ``dark and evil days'' (a man exchanges clothes with a dog, heaven is full of ``little shrunken deaf ears instead of stars'') that test their sanity. From the best of these sophisticated fables of trial by ordeal, wry intensity flashes. On ``the verge of understanding,'' ``in a forest of question marks,'' Simic's work, mingling Rimbaud and Socrates, startles us into meditation.-- Frank Allen, Allentown Coll., Center Valley, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156983501
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/14/1989
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
88
Sales rank:
596,961
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x (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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The World Doesn't End 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely fantastic 'prose poem' by whom I consider to be the only great living poet. It changed my perceptions, perhaps my life as well - and also gave me some nightmares.