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Simic, Charles 1938-

Works: 512 works in 1,176 publications in 17 languages and 32,683 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Prose poems  Interviews  Internet videos 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction, Signer, Interviewee, Other, Interviewer, Creator, Lyricist
Classifications: PS3569.I4725, 811.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Charles Simic
Oranges and snow : selected poems of Milan Djordjević by Milan Djordjević( )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Djordjevic, who was born in Belgrade in 1954, is a poet who gives equal weight to imagination and reality. This book ranges across his entire career to date. His earliest poems can deal with something as commonplace as a bulb of garlic, a potato, or an overcoat fallen on the floor. Later poems, often dreamlike and surreal, recount his travels in Germany, France, and England. His recent poems are more autobiographical and realistic and reflect a personal tragedy. Confined to his house after being hit and nearly killed by a car while crossing a Belgrade street in 2007, the poet writes of his humble surroundings, the cats that come to his door, the birds he sees through his window, and the copies of one of his own books that he once burnt to keep warm. --Book Jacket
The voice at 3:00 a.m. : selected late & new poems by Charles Simic( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and Macedonian and held by 1,153 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 )

21 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of prose poems by Charles Simic
Selected poems, 1963-1983 by Charles Simic( Book )

20 editions published between 1985 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walking the black cat : poems by Charles Simic( Book )

9 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 793 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 )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 733 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 )

13 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Spanish and held by 688 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
Hotel insomnia by Charles Simic( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in 6 languages and held by 676 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
That little something : poems by Charles Simic( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his nineteenth collection, Charles Simic, the poet of the vaguely ominous sound and the disturbing, potentially significant image, moves closer to the dark heart of history and human behavior." "Simic understands the strange interplay between ordinary life and extremes, between reality and imagination, and he writes with absolute purity about those contradictory but simultaneous states of being or feeling: "Everything about you / My life, is both / Make-believe and real.""--Jacket
The book of gods and devils by Charles Simic( Book )

20 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 659 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
My noiseless entourage : poems by Charles Simic( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 657 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."--Jacket
Dime-store alchemy : the art of Joseph Cornell by Charles Simic( Book )

25 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 645 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 )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poetry by 2007-2008 poet laureate of the United States Charles Simic in which he examines themes such as identity, mystery, violence, and innocence
Jackstraws : poems by Charles Simic( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 595 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
Charon's cosmology : poems by Charles Simic( Book )

13 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New and selected poems 1962-2012 by Charles Simic( Book )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 574 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 lunatic : poems by Charles Simic( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume of poetry from Charles Simic, one of America's most celebrated poets, demonstrates his signature style--a mix of understated brilliance, wry melancholy, and sardonic wit. These seventy poems range in subject from mortality to personal ads, from the simple wonders of nature to his childhood in war-torn Yugoslavia
Return to a place lit by a glass of milk; poems by Charles Simic( Book )

7 editions published between 1974 and 1977 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Night picnic : poems by Charles Simic( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 549 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
Another republic : 17 European and South American writers : [poems]( Book )

10 editions published between 1976 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The voice at 3:00 a.m. : selected late & new poems
The voice at 3:00 a.m. : selected late & new poemsThe world doesn't end : prose poemsSelected poems, 1963-1983Walking the black cat : poemsSixty poemsA wedding in hell : poemsHotel insomniaThat little something : poems
Alternative Names
Čarls Simić

Čārlzs Simičs

Charles Simic

Charles Simic American poet

Charles Simic Amerikaans dichter

Charles Simic amerikansk författare och poet

Charles Simic amerikansk skribent og poet

Charles Simic poeta estadounidense

Charles Simić poeta statunitense

Charles Simic serbsko-amerykański poeta

Charles Simic Simic, Charles, 1938-

Charles Simic Srbský básník a překladatel poezie z francouzštiny, ruštiny a jazyků bývalé Jugoslávie, žijící v USA.

Charles Simic US-amerikanischer Dichter und Essayist

Simic, C.

Simić, Čarls.

Simić, Čarls 1938-

Simić, Charles

Simic, Charles 1938-

Simic, Charles D. 1938-

Simić, Dušan

Simić, Dušan 1938-

Simić, Dušan Charles

Simičs, Čārlzs 1938-

Simičs, Dušans 1938-

Simik, Čarls

Simiḳ, Ts'arls, 1938-

Симик, Чарльз, 1938-

Симић, Душан

Симић, Душан 1938-

Симић, Чарлс 1938-

Чарлз Сімік

Чарлс Симиќ

Чарлс Симић

Чарльз Симик американский поэт

סימיק, צ'ארלס

סימיק, צ'ארלס, 1938-

סימיק, צ'רלס 1938-

צ'ארלס סימיק

צ'ארלס סימיק משורר אמריקאי

تشارلز سيميك

تشارلز سيميك شاعر أمريكي

چارلز سیمیک

چالز سیمیک شاعر آمریکایی

시믹, 찰스 1938-

シミック, チャールズ