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That Little Something: Poems Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Simic, Charles

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ISBN: 0156035391     ISBN-13: 9780156035392
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
OUR PRICE: $13.25  

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Published: April 2009
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Annotation: That Little Something is the superb eighteenth collection from one of America's most vital and honored poets, Charles Simic. Over the course of his singular career, Simic has won nearly every accolade including the Pulitzer Prize, and recently served as the poet laureate of the United States from 2007 to 2008. His wry humor and darkly illuminating vision are on full display here as he moves closer to the dark ironies of history and human experience. Simic understands the strange interplay between the ordinary and the odd, between reality and imagination. A profoundly stunning collection from "not only one of the most prolific but also one of the most distinctive, accessible, and enjoyable" (The New York Times Book Review) poetic voices.
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BISAC Categories:
- Poetry | American
Dewey: 811
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.25" W x 0.50" (0.26 lbs) 73 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):
Born in Belgrade in 1938, CHARLES SIMIC is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for The World Doesn’t End and was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship from 1984 to 1989. He is the winner of the Wallace Stevens Award and was the fifteenth poet laureate of the United States.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2008 March #3)

In his 18th collection, Poet Laureate Simic's neat stanzas continue to deliver odd moments and unexplained memories, by turns surreal, horrifying, funny, sad, and spoken with this Pulitzer Prize winner's trademark friendly bemusement. The startling solemnity of a "Metaphysics Anonymous" meeting for addicts of "truth beyond appearances" in one poem meets, in another, a list of topics for a "late-night chat," including 'How to guess time of night by listening to one's own heartbeat." The second of the book's four sections takes on a decidedly political tone, as in "Dance of the Macabre Mice," in which "the president smiles to himself; he loves war." Similarly, "Those Who Clean After" imagines what's "being done in our name" while the speaker listens to "the sounds of summer night." The final section groups short poems that Simic (My Noiseless Entourage ) calls "Eternities"—each offers a preserved moment's thought or image: "Sewing room, linty daylight." While fans will find no stylistic surprises here, there is still the agreeable pathos in Simic's work, as in "To the Reader," which ends, "Bang your head / On your side of the wall / And keep me company." (Apr.)

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