Charles Simic was one of America’s foremost contemporary poets. His poetry imaginatively encompasses the place of uncertainties and silence, informed by myth, history, religion and philosophy, not to mention jazz, blues and riddles. He was a poet who refused categorization; offering the world to us in its infinite variety and subsequently our experience of it from a new perspective, transforming the most ordinary of objects we might encounter into articles of wonder. He took the vast and the minute elements of our experience and encouraged a more visionary view. For Simic, everything is poetry waiting to become. Life in large cities; living in the world; the star-filled cosmos; the smallest, most bare of rooms; the practical tools we require for everyday living, all of these are…

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Citation: Hossack, Irene. "Charles Simic". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 May 2006 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4076, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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