Hotel Insomnia: Poems First Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0156421829
ISBN-10: 0156421828
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"Memory makes you hungry," writes Simic, whose poems are like folk tales told by a child with an impishly surrealistic streak. Memories of shadowy streets and rooms are haunted by an insomnia that suggests an enchanted dreamtime of watchfulness and revelation, where "everything is a magic ritual,/ a secret cinema." One of the most original poets writing today, Simic has a gift for startling juxtapositions: "Sleeplessness, you're like a pawnshop/Open late/ On a street of failing businesses." Homely images, in Simic's hands, take on an eerie combination of the marvelous and the absurd, "Father studied theology through the mail/ and this was exam time./Mother knitted. I sat quietly with a book/full of pictures. Night fell./ My hands grew cold touching the faces/ of dead kings and queens." There are few poets writing today whose sense of wonder is so palpable: "happiness, you are the bright red lining/of the dark winter coat/ grief wears inside out." Recommended for all collections.
-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.

Product details

  • 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
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