The World Doesn't End: Prose Poems

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989 - Poetry - 74 pages
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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.

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Brilliant. These are the most stunning prose poems. - Goodreads
The greatest book of imagery in the world. - Goodreads
I'm a big fan of Charles Simic's prose poems. - Goodreads
Every single prose poem in this book is a tiny dream. - Goodreads
The prose poem is an under-appreciated art form. - Goodreads

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User Review  - William - Goodreads

This book catches you off guard if you have no idea what prose poetry is. It can be unsettling to see paragraphs when you open a book of poetry, but Simic does an excellent job of demonstrating the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Helen - Goodreads

Charles Simic writes like Dali used to paint. Surreal, dark, but also humorous. Prose poems, mostly without titles, they are inhabited by men who wander into bars with their heads under their arms and ... Read full review

About the author (1989)

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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