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Fly in the Soup Memoirs

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ISBN-10: 0472089099

ISBN-13: 9780472089093

Edition: 2002 (Reprint)

Authors: Charles Simic

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In this memoir by one of America's most revered contemporary poets, Charles Simic recounts his journey from a war-torn Yugoslavia to his coming-of-age experience as a young bohemian in New York City, then as a reluctant draftee in the United States Army.
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 1/6/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
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 animism of primitive thought. His work has affinities with that of Mark Strand and has in its turn produced several imitators. Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2007