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Charles Simic (1938–2023)

Autor(a) de The World Doesn't End

104+ Works 3,594 Membros 36 Críticas 9 Favorited

About the Author

Charles Simic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, immigrated with his family to Chicago in 1954, and was educated at New York University. Although his native language was Serbian, he began writing in English. Some of his work reflects the years he served in the U.S. Army (1961--63). He has been mostrar mais awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation grant, and a National Endowment for the Arts award. "My poetry always had surrealistic tendencies, which were discouraged a great deal in the '50's," the poet said, but such tendencies were applauded in the 1970s and his reputation consequently flourished. His poems are about obsessive fears and often depict a world that resembles the animism of primitive thought. His work has affinities with that of Mark Strand and has in its turn produced several imitators. Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2007 (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Charles Simic

The World Doesn't End (1989) 344 exemplares
Walking the Black Cat (1996) 184 exemplares
Hotel Insomnia (1992) 149 exemplares
Jackstraws: Poems (1999) 144 exemplares
Sixty Poems (2007) 127 exemplares
My Noiseless Entourage: Poems (2005) 110 exemplares
Selected Poems, 1963-1983 (1985) 104 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1992 (1992) — Editor — 102 exemplares
The Book of Gods and Devils (1990) 96 exemplares
That Little Something: Poems (2008) 92 exemplares
Unending Blues: Poems (1986) 85 exemplares
A Wedding in Hell (1994) 84 exemplares
New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012 (2013) 83 exemplares
Selected Early Poems (1999) 78 exemplares
The Monster Loves His Labyrinth (2008) 76 exemplares
The Lunatic: Poems (2015) 72 exemplares
Master of Disguises (2010) 55 exemplares
Night Picnic: Poems (2001) 54 exemplares
New British Poetry (2004) — Editor — 52 exemplares
Scribbled in the Dark: Poems (2017) 49 exemplares
Selected Poems (2004) 47 exemplares
Austerities: Poems (1982) 36 exemplares
Come Closer and Listen: New Poems (2019) 26 exemplares
Memory Piano (Poets on Poetry) (2006) 23 exemplares
Classic Ballroom Dances: Poems (1980) 20 exemplares
No Land in Sight: Poems (2022) 19 exemplares
Confessions of a Poet Laureate (2010) 17 exemplares
Looking for Trouble (1988) 12 exemplares
White (1972) 11 exemplares
Frightening Toys (1995) 9 exemplares
5 blind men (1969) 7 exemplares
9 Poems (1989) 7 exemplares
What the Grass Says (1967) 6 exemplares
Ääni aamulla kello kolme (2008) 5 exemplares
In the Beginning (1986) 4 exemplares
Four Yugoslav Poets (1970) 3 exemplares
Prodigy (2010) 2 exemplares
Ploughshares Fall 1986 (1986) 2 exemplares
Brooms : selected poems (1978) 2 exemplares
Avvicinati e ascolta (2021) 2 exemplares
Hjulet snakkar når det går (1995) 2 exemplares
El mundo no se acaba (2013) 2 exemplares
Il titolo 2 exemplares
Sin tierra a la vista (2023) 1 exemplar
Acércate y escucha (2020) 1 exemplar
Ludak 1 exemplar
Blues o śnieżnym poranku (2015) 1 exemplar
Een hond met vleugels (1993) 1 exemplar
Blues utan slut 1 exemplar

Associated Works

O Finado Mattia Pacal (1904) — Introdução, algumas edições1,968 exemplares
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contribuidor — 1,266 exemplares
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contribuidor, algumas edições926 exemplares
A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry (1996) — Contribuidor — 835 exemplares
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) — Contribuidor — 773 exemplares
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Contribuidor — 757 exemplares
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Contribuidor — 392 exemplares
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (2005) — Contribuidor — 365 exemplares
Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (1993) — Contribuidor — 335 exemplares
McSweeney's Issue 22: Three Books Held Within By Magnets (2007) — Contribuidor — 335 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 290 exemplares
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Contribuidor — 280 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 223 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Contribuidor — 208 exemplares
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contribuidor — 203 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2006 (2006) — Contribuidor — 189 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2005 (2005) — Contribuidor — 177 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1994 (1994) — Contribuidor — 172 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1997 (1997) — Contribuidor — 167 exemplares
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contribuidor — 163 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1998 (1998) — Contribuidor — 161 exemplares
The Best American Essays 1995 (1995) — Contribuidor — 160 exemplares
The Best American Essays 1997 (1997) — Contribuidor — 156 exemplares
After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (1994) — Contribuidor — 153 exemplares
The Faber Book of Beasts (1997) — Contribuidor — 141 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1993 (1993) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 121 exemplares
Emergency Kit (1996) — Contribuidor, algumas edições109 exemplares
Leading From Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead (2007) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
The Best American Essays 1988 (1988) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2015 (2015) — Contribuidor — 97 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2017 (2017) — Contribuidor — 95 exemplares
Granta 124: Travel (2013) — Contribuidor — 94 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 86 exemplares
1941: The Year That Keeps Returning (2007) — Introdução, algumas edições69 exemplares
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
Saul Steinberg: Illuminations (2006) — Introdução, algumas edições67 exemplares
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
The Collected Prose: 1948-1998 (2010) — Prefácio — 59 exemplares
Orpheus and Company: Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology (1999) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
Contemporary East European Poetry: An Anthology (1983) — Editorial Consultant — 40 exemplares
Antaeus No. 61, Autumn 1988 - Journals, Notebooks & Diaries (1988) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 24 American Poets (2003) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Stories from the Blue Moon Café IV (2005) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
The Paris Review 167 2003 Fall (2003) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 03 (2013) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Little Mr. Prose Poem: Selected Poems of Russell Edson (2022) — Prefácio — 8 exemplares
Thomas Campion: Poems Selected by Charles Simic (2007) — Editor — 7 exemplares
The Paris Review 84 1982 Summer (1982) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
The Paris Review 192 2010 Spring (2010) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Ironwood 28 Dickinson/Spicer: A Special Issue — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Kayak 8 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Antaeus No. 23, Autumn 1976 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



Some of these short poems delight me with the poet's everyday metaphors and his sardonic wit like "Looking for a Soul Mate," a sort of dating app description "Recovering puff pastry and almond cookie addict,,,Now seeks a comfortable brownstone free of cats/..And where he'll be free to mingle with bankers and lawyers/And sit in their wives' laps like a much-pampered pet." Or "Meet Eddie" "Whose life is as merry as a beer can/Hurling down a mountain stream...Are you ready to meet your Maker?"
Others didn't work as well for me, like his soulful verse about God and Satan, each playing Solitaire ("Dark Night") or "Passing Through," but I like his dogs, his cats, his fish, his fleas and birds and poems of winter. My favorite was this one (perhaps the emblematic-of-the book?) line "About life being both cruel and beautiful" and "the sight of a dog free from his chain."

"So Early in the Morning"
It pains me to see an old woman fret over
A few small coins outside a grocery store -
How swiftly I forget her as my own grief
Finds me again - a friend at death's door
And the memory of the night we spent together.

I had so much love in my heart afterward,
I could have run into the street naked
Confident anyone I met would understand
My madness and my need to tell them
About life being both cruel and beautiful,

But I did not - despite the overwhelming evidence:
A crow bent over a dead squirrel in the road,
The lilac bushes flowering in some yard,
And the sight of a dog free from his chain
Searching through a neighbor's trash can.

If you want to read the best review of this book, see s.penkevich https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22752746-the-lunatic?from_search=true&fr...

… (mais)
featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
Curiosando tra i nuovi arrivi in biblioteca, la mia attenzione è stata catalizzata da questo libretto di 150 pagine scarse. Sono rimasta colpita dal titolo: Il mostro ama il suo labirinto. Mi è subito venuto in mente il Minotauro, che, rinchiuso nel Labirinto perché Minosse si vergognava di lui, si suppone odiasse la sua prigione. Invece, Simic ci dice che lo ama: una sorta di Sindrome di Stoccolma dei luoghi. Forse il Minotauro è grato a Minosse per averlo nascosto dalle pubbliche manifestazioni di orrore nei suoi confronti. O forse è solo felice di poter svolgere il suo ruolo di mostro con l'approvazione del re.

Comunque sia, Il mostro ama il suo labirinto è un taccuino, un insieme di pensieri sparsi del poeta. Si va dai suoi ricordi personali a pensieri fulminei (e poco lusinghieri) su politici e intellettuali. A Simic piace stravolgere il modo comune di vedere le cose (e qui ricorda un po' Il dizionario del diavolo di Ambrose Bierce) e spesso ci ricorda la bellezza della corporeità e della carnalità che la religione e il cosiddetto amore puro amano demonizzare e svilire in virtù della presunta superiorità dell'anima e degli alti sentimenti.

”Ti fanno male” mi dicono i miei amici. Come se fra me e l'immortalità si frapponessero soltanto un paio di salcicce.

Non dimentichiamoci che anche Romeo e Giulietta ogni tanto scoreggiavano e si grattavano il culo.

La bellezza di un attimo fuggente è eterna.
… (mais)
lasiepedimore | 2 outras críticas | Aug 28, 2023 |
Un libro con in copertina una fotografia di Saul Leiter parte molto bene, dunque io lo compro a scatola chiusa, ignaro dell'autore e immaginando un saggio su temi di estetica o storia dell'arte. Scopro - prima ammissione di ignoranza - che Simic è un poeta. Leggendo i primi scritti, mi ritrovo in un mondo di filosofia letta di notte, salsicce, blues strazianti, casualità con cui fare i conti, fotografie misteriose. E le prime 100 pagine circa volano con gran piacere, fra un riferimento a Emily Dickinson e uno a William Carlos Williams (che conosco solo grazie a Paterson di Jarmusch - seconda ammissione di ignoranza). Le pagine successive - che non sono poche - diventano un po' più frammentarie in quanto maggiormente legate a recensioni (di esposizioni o testi). Emergono riflessioni nuovamente vitali - per esempio quelle autobiografiche o lo scritto su Cornell - ma su un tono minore rispetto a quello della per me folgorante apertura di libro. A ogni modo, lettura piena di libertà, ironia e meraviglia, che lascia almeno un paio di compiti a casa (leggere le poesia di Simic - e anche quelle di Williams e Vicente Huidobro, magari).… (mais)
d.v. | 1 outra crítica | May 16, 2023 |
The poems in No Land in Sight include those whose vivid imagery imprinted on my brain.


Slinky black dress
On a wire hanger
In an empty closet
its door slid open

To catch the draft
From an open window
And make it dance
As in a deep trance

The empty hangers
Clicking in unison
Like knitting needles
Or disapproving tongues.

from No Land in Sight by Charles Simic

And poems of insight into the common experience.

In the Lockdown

I might have gone stir-crazy,
If not for my memories,
Those lifelong companions
Cooped up with me for months
And eager to console me

With stories of men and women
Who withdraw from the world,
And endured years of solitude
And dark nights of the soul
Thriving in some hole-in-the-wall

Where they found lasting peace
Obeying a voice in their heads
Telling them to just sit quietly,
So that the quiet can teach them
Everything they ought to know.

from No Land in Sight by Charles Simi

There are personal memories of a life unlike my own.

Where Do My Gallows Stand?

Outside the window
I looked out as a child
In an occupied city
Quiet as a graveyard.

from No Land in Sight by Charles Simic

Many of the poems are reductions that pack a punch bigger than their size would indicate. Charles Simic writes of quietly falling snow, dogs barking in the night, the hopefulness of an old woman going to the mailbox. Commonplace visions reveal depths of emotion, a few overheard words paint a portrait.

The opening poem is Fate, consisting of one line: “everyone’s blind date.” We ruefully chuckle.

At first I was puzzled by these poems, seemingly so direct and transparent. As I read on, I realized their beauty and truth. I will seek out his earlier work.

I received a free book from A A Knopf. My review is fair and unbiased.
… (mais)
nancyadair | Aug 29, 2022 |



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