Walking the Black Cat by Charles Simic

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Hamlet’s ghost wandering the halls of a Vegas motel, a street corner ventriloquist using passersby as dummies, and Jesus panhandling in a weed-infested Eden are just a few of the startling conceits Simic unleashes in this collection. “Few contemporary poets have been as influential-or inimitable-as Charles Simic” (New York Times Book Review).
 

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CHARLES SIMIC was born in Belgrade and emigrated to the United States in 1954. He is the author of many books of poetry and prose. Among other honors, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 and served as the Poet Laureate of the United States in 2007-2008.
 
Published October 17, 1996 by Mariner Books. 98 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Simic's short, taut lines carve dark-edged images reminiscent of old folk tales. In this new collection, his 13th (The World Doesn't End earned him the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990), he focuses o

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Juxtaposing disparate images, Simic jars his readers into a state of disorientation, priming them for a world where one must approach mirrors ""sideways/ In rooms webbed in shadow,"" where ""Destiny marks you early in the day/ With a knowing finger,"" and where a tree is ""spooked/ By its own eve...

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