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Come closer and listen : new poems / Charles Simic.

Simic, Charles, 1938- author. (Author).
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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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  • ISBN: 9780062908469
  • ISBN: 0062908464
  • Physical Description: xiii, 75 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers 2019.

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Formatted Contents Note: Some birds chirp-- Hide-and-seek -- Blind fate -- O spring -- Come closer and listen -- The old orphan -- Skywalking -- The fall -- Summmer night -- Metaphysics anonymous -- Mad people -- Soap bubbles -- Open late -- Psst -- Astronomy lesson -- Something evil is out there -- Terror -- After the bombing -- Arso -- Greek story -- Strolling players -- You'll be pleased with our product -- Light sleeper -- Monsters -- In my church -- Among my late visitors -- O great starry sky -- At Giubbe Rosse in Florence -- Tugboat -- The last lesson -- Meditation in the gutter -- Strange sweetness -- My little heaven -- Imponderabilia -- Bed music -- The henhouse is on fire -- The many Lauras -- The American dream -- Among the ruins -- the judgement -- Birds of a feather -- Truck stop -- That young fellow -- Hey, loudmouth -- It's a day like any other -- The hand that rocks the cradle -- Sunday service -- Charmed circle -- Haystack -- Birds at dusk -- Sit tight -- late night quiz -- Dice -- Is that you? -- Suck at least is the story -- Taking a breather -- The joke -- After saying your prayer -- Ghost ship -- Last picnic.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 June #1
    Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. poet laureate Simic presents another striking poetry collection meticulously centered on his signature themes of nature, observations of ordinary events, and the leveling emotions related to death. Birds play a steady role in these sparse poems, as in "Some Birds Chirp," which takes an amusing look at how a creature with such a small brain makes sense of the world: "Darting and bickering nonstop." In his jest, Simic seems to be making a larger statement about humanity. His wit is also evident in more serious lines about death: "You'll be like a new kid in school / Afraid to look at the teacher / While struggling to understand / What they are saying / About this here nothing". When the poems venture into the everyday, there seems to be an indirect solemn oath to protect specific moments, such as a couple gardening together or a last picnic before autumn, captured in memory. Simic makes sacred the language of deep realizations by declining to use exaggerated embellishment. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: American poetry > 21st century.

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