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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) — biography from The World Doesn't End… (more)
The World Doesn't End 332 copies, 6 reviews
Walking the Black Cat 177 copies, 2 reviews
Hotel Insomnia 146 copies
Jackstraws: Poems 139 copies, 1 review
Sixty Poems 125 copies
My Noiseless Entourage: Poems 110 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 1992 (Editor) 100 copies
That Little Something: Poems 92 copies, 1 review
The Monster Loves His Labyrinth 76 copies, 4 reviews
New British Poetry (Editor) 51 copies
Master of Disguises 50 copies, 1 review
Selected Poems 47 copies
Austerities: Poems 36 copies, 1 review
White 11 copies
No Land in Sight: Poems 11 copies, 1 review
9 Poems 7 copies
5 blind men 7 copies
Prodigy 2 copies
Il titolo 2 copies
Ludak 1 copy
The Late Mattia Pascal (Introduction, some editions) 1,873 copies, 23 reviews
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (Contributor) 1,213 copies, 9 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 897 copies, 7 reviews
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (Contributor) 751 copies, 10 reviews
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (Contributor) 726 copies, 3 reviews
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (Contributor) 380 copies, 3 reviews
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (Contributor) 356 copies, 9 reviews
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (Contributor) 291 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Essays 2008 (Contributor) 285 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2001 (Contributor) 218 copies
The Best American Poetry 1999 (Contributor) 208 copies
The Best American Poetry 2006 (Contributor) 189 copies, 5 reviews
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 189 copies, 20 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2005 (Contributor) 170 copies
The Best American Poetry 1994 (Contributor) 169 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 1997 (Contributor) 165 copies
The Best American Poetry 1998 (Contributor) 160 copies
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (Contributor) 159 copies, 1 review
The Best American Essays 1995 (Contributor) 154 copies, 1 review
After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (Contributor) 153 copies
The Best American Essays 1997 (Contributor) 149 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2008 (Contributor) 134 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Poetry 1993 (Contributor) 127 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2010 (Contributor) 116 copies, 3 reviews
Emergency Kit (Contributor, some editions) 107 copies, 1 review
The Best American Essays 1988 (Contributor) 93 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2015 (Contributor) 91 copies, 3 reviews
Granta 124: Travel (Contributor) 89 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2017 (Contributor) 88 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2011 (Contributor) 84 copies, 4 reviews
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (Contributor) 68 copies, 2 reviews
Saul Steinberg: Illuminations (Introduction, some editions) 65 copies
1941: The Year That Keeps Returning (Introduction, some editions) 65 copies, 1 review
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (Contributor) 62 copies, 1 review
Contemporary East European Poetry: An Anthology (Editorial Consultant) 39 copies
60 Years of American Poetry (Contributor) 28 copies, 1 review
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 03 (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
Antaeus No. 23, Autumn 1976 (Contributor) 1 copy
Kayak 8 (Contributor) 1 copy, 1 review
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