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  - Stephen - Goodreads

2014: Powerful words, in just the right moment. Each poem conveys so much of a moment. Now 10 years older after the last read, these pictures dance in my brain, as if built non-stop in my subconscious ... Read full review

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User Review  - Caterina - Goodreads

Between one and five am when everyone else in the neighborhood is asleep except the other insomniacs, these poems come alive. Some of them recall nights of dreams so bizarre and intense they qualify ... 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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CHARLES SIMIC was born in Belgrade and emigrated to the United States in 1954. He is the author of many books of poetry and prose. Among other honors, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 and served as the Poet Laureate of the United States in 2007-2008.

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