Hotel Insomnia: Poems First Edition, Kindle Edition
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In this volume, “Simic writes so simply that his words fall like drops of water, but they ripple outward to evoke an ominous and numinous world” (The Washington Post Book World). He fills the wee hours of his poetry with angels and pigs, riddles and cemeteries. With empty offices and dolls that smile. With the sound of bare feet upstairs and a single kiss before the shadows converge.
His is a rich, haunted world of East European memory and American present—a world of his own creation, one always full of luminous surprise.
“The poems . . . come from a vision of the world that, once experienced, prevents us from ever dozing again, that prevents us, for that matter, from feeling confidently awake.” —Los Angeles Times
“One of the most original poets writing today, Simic has a gift for startling juxtapositions . . . Homely images, in Simic’s hands, take on an eerie combination of the marvelous and the absurd . . . There are few poets writing today whose sense of wonder is so palpable.” —Library Journal
Praise for Charles Simic
“Few contemporary poets have been as influential—or as inimitable—as Charles Simic.” —The New York Times Book Review
“He has infused American poetry with the freshest and most original style and imagery since e.e. cummings.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“His poems are crowded with uncanny presence, which he challenges with flirtatious directness.” —The New Yorker
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From Library Journal
-Christine Stenstrom, Shea and Gould Law Lib., New York
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
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.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B004S3NUOS
- Publisher : Mariner Books; First edition (November 11, 1992)
- Publication date : November 11, 1992
- Language : English
- File size : 627 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 70 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #696,905 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If I ever meet Charles Simic, I am likely to ask that one question every author really hates: "Where do you get your ideas?"
It's not that the overarching, grand design of Simic's work is incomprehensible or anything. In fact, in Hotel Insomnia, if anything, it's more noticeable than ever; for once, the book's title really does tie into almost everything in the book. Insomnia is a major theme in these poems, and it runs throughout like a bad infomercial on late-night TV in the background, bleary-eyed, beer in hand, in its boxer shorts, and yet strangely appealing.
No, it's not that. It's in the details, those damnable little snippets of poetry that make Charles Simic's poems little gems of wide-eyed brilliance:
"There's a painting over the cash register:
Of a stiff Quaker couple dressed in black.
They hold a cat under each arm.
One is a tiger, the other is Siamese.
The eyes are closed because it's very late,
And because cats see better with their eyes closed."
This is a guy who knows something about you. No matter who you are. And in every book he releases, he will reveal a little of it, until you're paranoid, hiding in a darkened room, peeking out of the blinds, unable to sleep, just waiting for Charles Simic to come knocking on your door, because you're convinced he's coming for you.
And isn't that what it's all about? **** ½