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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 (Bowker Author Biography)
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The World Doesn't End 313 copies, 6 reviews
Walking the Black Cat 169 copies, 2 reviews
Hotel Insomnia 137 copies
Jackstraws: Poems 135 copies, 1 review
Sixty Poems 120 copies, 1 review
My Noiseless Entourage: Poems 101 copies, 1 review
That Little Something: Poems 87 copies, 1 review
The Monster Loves His Labyrinth 71 copies, 2 reviews
New British Poetry (Editor) 49 copies
Master of Disguises 47 copies, 1 review
Selected Poems 46 copies
Austerities: Poems 33 copies, 1 review
White 10 copies
9 Poems 6 copies
5 blind men 5 copies
Il titolo 2 copies
Prodigy 2 copies
Ludak 1 copy
The Late Mattia Pascal (Introduction, some editions) 1,748 copies, 23 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 856 copies, 7 reviews
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (Contributor) 692 copies, 9 reviews
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (Contributor) 673 copies, 3 reviews
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (Contributor) 354 copies, 3 reviews
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (Contributor) 330 copies, 9 reviews
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (Contributor) 281 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Essays 2008 (Contributor) 280 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2001 (Contributor) 211 copies
The Best American Poetry 1999 (Contributor) 209 copies
The Best American Poetry 2006 (Contributor) 190 copies, 5 reviews
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 168 copies, 20 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2005 (Contributor) 167 copies
The Best American Poetry 1997 (Contributor) 162 copies
The Best American Poetry 1994 (Contributor) 159 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 1998 (Contributor) 156 copies
The Best American Essays 1995 (Contributor) 150 copies, 1 review
The Best American Essays 1997 (Contributor) 147 copies, 1 review
After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (Contributor) 143 copies
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (Contributor) 140 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2008 (Contributor) 130 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2010 (Contributor) 110 copies, 3 reviews
Emergency Kit (Contributor, some editions) 100 copies, 1 review
The Best American Essays 1988 (Contributor) 93 copies, 1 review
Granta 124: Travel (Contributor) 85 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2017 (Contributor) 83 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2015 (Contributor) 81 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2011 (Contributor) 75 copies, 4 reviews
Saul Steinberg: Illuminations (Introduction, some editions) 58 copies
1941: The Year That Keeps Returning (Introduction, some editions) 58 copies, 1 review
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (Contributor) 57 copies, 1 review
Contemporary East European Poetry: An Anthology (Editorial Consultant) 37 copies
Stories from the Blue Moon Café IV (Contributor) 15 copies
The Paris Review 167 2003 Fall (Contributor) 12 copies
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 3 (Contributor) 10 copies, 1 review
The Paris Review 84 1982 Summer (Contributor) 6 copies, 1 review
The Paris Review 192 2010 Spring (Contributor) 5 copies
Kayak 8 (Contributor) 1 copy, 1 review
Antaeus No. 23, Autumn 1976 (Contributor) 1 copy

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