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
Beautiful and eccentric prose poetry. - Goodreads
I'm a big fan of Charles Simic's prose poems. - Goodreads
This is essentially the Holy text for prose poetry. - Goodreads
Every single prose poem in this book is a tiny dream. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Danny Daley - Goodreads

I've enjoyed collections by Simic in the past, so I assumed going in that I would love his Pulitzer Prize winning collection. I'm not sure I connected with a single poem in this collection. I'm not a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Donald Armfield - Goodreads

I devoted this collection in a two hour period. Reading some of the pieces more than once. I will one day own a copy of this. Charles Simic has paragraphs waiting for you to wonder where his mind wanders to, when his pen is moving. Read full review

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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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