Dime-Store Alchemy The Art of Joseph Cornell

ISBN-10: 1590174860

ISBN-13: 9781590174869

Edition: 2011

Authors: Charles Simic

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Now in Paperback In Dime-Store Alchemy, poet Charles Simic reflects on the life and work of Joseph Cornell, the maverick surrealist who is one of America#x19;s great artists. Simic#x19;s spare prose is as enchanting and luminous as the mysterious boxes of found objects for which Cornell is justly renowned.
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 9/20/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 88
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" 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 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

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