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Walking the Black Cat

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ISBN-10: 015600481X

ISBN-13: 9780156004817

Edition: 2000

Authors: 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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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/17/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

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…    

Dark Corner
Mirrors at 4 a.m.
Relaxing in a Madhouse
Roach Motel
Emily's Theme
Cameo Appearance
The Friends of Heraclitus
An Address with Exclamation Points
Le Dame e i Cavalieri
Shadow Publishing Company
Talking to Little Birdies
The Master of Ceremonies
My Magician
Night in the House of Cards
On the Road to Somewhere Else
What the Gypsies Told my Grandmother while She Was Still a Young Girl
Little Unwritten Book
Winter Evening
Have You Met Miss Jones?
On the Sagging Porch
Dogs Hear It
Meditation in the Gutter
Charm School
Under New Management
The Conquering Hero Is Tired
The Story of Happiness
Theatrical Costumes
Bed Music
Marked Playing Cards
The Road in the Clouds
Cafe Paradiso
Blindman's Bluff
Turn On the Lights
At the Cookout
Don't Wake the Cards
Free the Goldfish
Pastoral Harpsichord
Kitchen Helper
Entertaining the Canary
The Forest Walk
Slaughterhouse Flies
My Darling Premonition
Blood Orange
October Light
First Day of Summer
The Preacher Says
Sunset's Coloring Book
In a Forest of Whispers
Lone Tree
Make Yourself Invisible
Toad's Poolhall
Late Train
Club Midnight
Late Call
Official Inquiry among the Grains of Sand
The Street Ventriloquist
The Father of Lies
Against Winter
Squinting Suspiciously
The Something
Collector's Tweezers
The Great Picnic
Hot Night
My Progress on Stilts
The Emperor
The Anniversary