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Charles Simic

Charles Simic

·4.06·16,405 Ratings
“ Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance. ” ― Roy T. Bennett
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  • Letters of Transit: Reflections on Exile, Identity, Language, and Loss

    ·3.86·145 Ratings
    "Moving, deeply introspective and honest" (Publishers Weekly) reflections on exile and memory from five award-winning authors. All of the authors in Letters of Transit have written award-winning works on exile, home, and memory, using the written word as
  • The Voice at 3:00 A.M.: Selected Late and New Poems

    ·4.14·712 Ratings
    Charles Simic has been widely celebrated for his brilliant poetic imagery; his social, political, and moral alertness; his uncanny ability to make the ordinary extraordinary; and not least, the sardonic humor all his own. Gathering much of his material fr
  • A Wedding in Hell

    ·4.11·202 Ratings
    Simic puts chirping birds, sex, and happiness into a world of broken windows, shivering trees, soldiers, lone dogs, the homeless of the city, and a God still making up his mind. “Provocative...a tantalizing, beautiful fusion of visions” (Bloomsbury Re
  • Walking the Black Cat

    ·4.02·597 Ratings
    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
  • Selected Early Poems

    ·4.28·207 Ratings
    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".* For this new edition of his selected poems, Si
  • My Noiseless Entourage

    ·3.95·283 Ratings
    This new collection of poems from Charles Simic demonstrates once again his wit, moral acuity, and brilliant use of imagery. His settings are a farmhouse porch, a used-clothing store, empty station platforms; his subjects love, futility, and the sense of
  • Jackstraws

    ·3.8·242 Ratings
    In this new collection of sixty-two poems Charles Simic paints exquisite and shattering word pictures that lend meaning to a chaotic world populated by insects, bridal veils, pallbearers, TV sets, parrots, and a finely detailed dragonfly. Suffused with ho
  • Hotel Insomnia

    ·4.01·529 Ratings
    In this volume, Simic fills the wee hours of his poetry with angels and pigs, riddles and cemeteries. His is a rich, haunted world of East European memory and american present-a world of his own creation, one always full of luminous surprise. “Simic wri
  • The World Doesn't End

    ·4.19·2,077 Ratings
    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
  • The Late Mattia Pascal

    ·4.01·5,480 Ratings
    Mattia Pascal endures a life of drudgery in a provincial town. Then, providentially, he discovers that he has been declared dead. Realizing he has a chance to start over, to do it right this time, he moves to a new city, adopts a new name, and a new cours
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