Walking the Black Cat: Poems

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1996 - Poetry - 83 pages
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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 poets have been as influential-or inimitable-as Charles Simic” (New York Times Book Review).
  

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User Review  - VioletBramble - LibraryThing

I bought this book years ago for a TIOLI challenge and never read it. (The challenge was to read a book written by an alumnus of your university) I choose this book for the October RandomCAT because ... Read full review

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User Review  - Douglas - Goodreads

I enjoyed most of these poems, especially the first and last few. The imagery is dark and surreal, but some of the poems were too cerebral for my taste. Most were also missing any sort of music or ... Read full review

Contents

Dark Comer
1
The Friends of Heraclitus
7
Talking to Little Birdies
13
What the Gypsies Told my Grandmother while
21
Dogs Hear It
27
Under New Management
32
Free the Goldfish
45
Sunsets Coloring Book
58
Late Call
67
The Anniversary
82
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About the author (1996)

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 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

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