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Simic, Charles 1938-

Overview
Works: 421 works in 862 publications in 3 languages and 28,248 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Poetry 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author of introduction, Signer, Interviewee, Interviewer, Creator, Contributor, Lyricist
Classifications: PS3569.I4725, 811.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Charles Simic
The voice at 3:00 a.m. : selected late & new poems by Charles Simic ( Book )
15 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 1,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One of the leading American poets offers a new collection of poems that plumbs the ordinary American experience for spiritual insights, wit, and historical relevance
The world doesn't end : prose poems by Charles Simic ( Book )
11 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and held by 1,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of prose poems by Charles Simic
Selected poems, 1963-1983 by Charles Simic ( Book )
13 editions published between 1985 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Walking the black cat : poems by Charles Simic ( Book )
9 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this latest collection of poems, Charles Simic, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, brings us startling new visions of the haunted landscape that has been his oeuvre, where the surreal and the mundane, the sacred and profane, are indistinguishable, a world where "everything is teetering on the edge of everything/With a polite smile." A man waits at a bus stop for the love of his life, a woman (Lady Luck?) he's never met. The world's greatest ventriloquist who sits on a street corner uses passersby as dummies and speaks through us all. Hamlet's ghost walks the hallways of a Vegas motel. Sunlight streams through a windowpane of fire. Mary Magdalene cruises Santa Monica Boulevard. Flies from a slaughterhouse leave bloody tracks across the pages of a book. Jesus panhandles in a weed-infested Eden
Sixty poems by Charles Simic ( Book )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gathers sixty poems from nine of Charles Simic's collections spanning 1986-2005, which explore themes in history, spirituality, and American culture
A wedding in Hell : poems by Charles Simic ( Book )
10 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The poetry of a Yugoslav-American. In Explaining a Few Things, he writes: "Every worm is a martyr, / Every sparrow subject to injustice, / I said to my cat, / Since there was no one else around." By the author of The World Doesn't End, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
That little something : poems by Charles Simic ( Book )
6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hotel insomnia by Charles Simic ( Book )
8 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this new volume, Pulitzer Prize-winning Charles Simic fills the wee hours of his poetry with angels and pigs, riddles and cemeteries. With empty offices and dolls that smile. With the sound of bare feet upstairs and a single kiss before the shadows converge. His is a rich, haunted world of East European memory and American present. It is a world of his own creation, one always full of luminous surprise
Jackstraws : poems by Charles Simic ( Book )
13 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Charles Simic's new collection of sixty-two poems continues to startle. Whether he is writing of wild flowers "Drunk with kissing/The red hot summer breezes"; or of God, that "Boss of all bosses of the universe/Mr. Know-it-all, wheeler-dealer, wire puller"; or of rain drops "Which take turns listening/To each other fall intermittently/As they go around collecting memories," Simic creates powerful, fresh images that are at once slangy and lyrical, irreverent and God-fearing, foreign and all-American, humorous and full of heartache
My noiseless entourage : poems by Charles Simic ( Book )
8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"My Noiseless Entourage is haunted by marooned, wordless individuals, but also by a sense of indecipherable, constant chatter, the murmuring on the other side of the wall. Charles Simic illuminates the slow, distracted quality of rural life, and the paranoia, the suspicions of city-dwellers. An old man sitting in his backyard with a rope in his hand. A flock of spooked starlings that seem to have heard something no one else has. The lodger no one has ever seen, drawing her bath upstairs. The poet as a dog, growling at something out there he cannot bring himself to name."--BOOK JACKET
Dime-store alchemy : the art of Joseph Cornell by Charles Simic ( Book )
15 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The task Charles Simic undertakes in this diverse, essentially unclassifiable book is one of illumination and tribute. Rather than constrict his response to Joseph Cornell's surreal art to the objective terms of critical analysis, Simic sets out to recreate in a different medium - the written language of the poet - the experience of viewing Cornell's enigmatic constructions of boxes, collages, and film. Partly an appreciation of Cornell's work, partly an appropriation of his method, Dime-Store Alchemy interweaves elements of art history, poetry, and biography in a series of short texts that create a kind of poetic equivalent to Cornell's visual art. The artist's premise that the world is beautiful, but not sayable becomes Simic's as well. From incisive meditations on Cornell's methods and aims, Simic moves to create his own assemblages in the spirit of Cornell and the poets he admired - Dickinson, Whitman, and Poe. The resulting prose poems are studded with the same unlikely combinations of found objects and dime-store jewels that inhabit Cornell's boxes. Simic's evocative images, like Cornell's, defy rational explanation but instead invite the viewer to participate in the imaginative life of the art, "to make up stories about what one sees." This highly personal consideration of one of the most important visual artists of the twentieth century conveys the same spirit of chance, the same playful celebration of the miraculous properties of the commonplace, that distinguishes the work of an artist who is, as Simic writes, "in the end unknowable."
Master of disguises by Charles Simic ( Book )
7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of poetry by the 2007-2008 poet laureate of the United States in which he examines themes such as identity, mystery, violence, and innocence
The book of gods and devils by Charles Simic ( Book )
7 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Loneliness, loss, sadness, and mystery mark this wonderful volume of forty-nine poems by Charles Simic, winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and praised as "one of the truly imaginative writers of our time" by the Los Angeles Times
Charon's cosmology : poems by Charles Simic ( Book )
7 editions published between 1977 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Another republic : 17 European and South American writers : [poems] ( Book )
6 editions published between 1976 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Return to a place lit by a glass of milk; poems by Charles Simic ( Book )
5 editions published between 1971 and 1977 in English and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Night picnic : poems by Charles Simic ( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The poems in Charles Simic's new collection evoke a variety of settings and images, from New York City to small New England towns; from crowds spilling onto the sidewalk on a hot summer night to an abandoned wooden church and a car graveyard overgrown with weeds. His subjects range from a bakery early in the morning to the fingerprints on a stranger's front door; from waiters in an empty restaurant to the decorations in a window of a funeral home; from a dog tied to a chain to a homeless man sleeping at the foot of a skyscraper; and other moments of solitude and clear vision. "What is beautiful, " he writes in one poem, "is found accidentally and not sought after. What is beautiful is easily lost." Simic is the metaphysician of the ordinary, a poet who reminds us of the mysteries of our daily lives
Classic ballroom dances : poems by Charles Simic ( Book )
10 editions published between 1971 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
New and selected poems, 1962-2012 by Charles Simic ( Book )
6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"For over fifty years, Charles Simic has been widely celebrated for his brilliant and innovative poetic imagery, his sardonic wit, and a voice all his own. He has been awarded nearly every major literary prize for his poetry, including a Pulitzer and a MacArthur grant, in addition to serving as the poet laureate of the United States in 2007 and 2008. In this new volume, he distills his life's work, combining for the first time the best of his early poems with his later works--including nearly three dozen revisions--along with seventeen new, never-before-published poems. Simic's body of work draws inspiration from a range of topics, from the inscrutability of ordinary life to American blues, from folktales to marriage and war. Consistently exciting and unexpected, the nearly four hundred poems in this volume represent the best of one of America's most distinguished and original poets."--
The renegade : writings on poetry and a few other things by Charles Simic ( Book )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this new collection of essays, United States Poet Laureate Charles Simic delves into the lives and work of poets, novelists, artists and playwrights, beginning with his own experiences before turning to those of Christopher Marlowe, Odilon Redon, W. S. Sebald, Louise Gluck and many more. Throughout, he celebrates the renegade spirit - whether it inspires a rogue ant to depart from his prescribed path or a poet to write unfashionably honest verse - communicating the joys and difficulties of life on the outside." "Simic brings the personal worlds of each writer and artist vividly to life, discussing their friends, homes, influences, and the rooms that shaped their outlooks. These intimate portraits - which afford views through Emily Dickinson's attic window, or glimpses into the room where Donald Hall sat down to reinvent himself - urge the reader to regard writers and artists as protean, fallible human beings, rather than immutable icons." "But Simic also explores the key turning points in creative lives of his subjects, noting their creative failures as often as he does their successes. He is unflinching in his analysis of even the most beloved cultural figure, following his enthralling praises with piercing critiques that are impossible to forget."--BOOK JACKET
 
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Alternative Names
Simic, C.
Simić, Čarls.
Simić, Čarls, 1938-
Simic, Charles
Simic, Charles, 1938-
Simic, Charles D. 1938-
Simić, Dušan.
Simić, Dušan, 1938-
Simić, Dušan Charles.
Simičs, Čārlzs, 1938-
Simičs, Dušans, 1938-
Simik, Čarls
Симић, Душан, 1938-
Симић, Чарлс, 1938-
シミック, チャールズ
Languages
English (247)
German (5)
Dutch (1)
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