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Book Review: Jackstraws: Poems

Jackstraws:  Poems, by Charles Simic I must admit that I had to look up the meaning of the title of this book.  I suppose my age may be a part of it, but I was not familiar with the game … Continue reading

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Book Review: My Noiseless Entourage: Poems

My Noiseless Entourage:  Poems, by Charles Simic When one becomes familiar with an author through reading a large quantity of his or her works, one gets a very strong sense of who they are as an author.  There are some … Continue reading

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Book Review: Walking The Black Cat: Poems

Walking The Black Cat:  Poems, by Charles Simic When beginning this book, I already knew that I would like it because quite a few of its poems, including the incomparable “Have You Met Miss Jones,” were in a previous compilation … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hotel Insomnia: Poems

Hotel Insomnia:  Poems, by Charles Simic Having read about half a dozen or so of the author’s books before getting to this one, it was little surprise that this book would deal so heavily in one of the topics that … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Wedding In Hell

A Wedding In Hell, by Charles Simic The title of this book is not particularly appealing.  But those who are familiar with the author’s work [1] will understand that this title captures the author’s familiar wrestling with matters of sexual … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sixty Poems

Sixty Poems, by Charles Simic This book is a way better book than its title would suggest, and way more coherent as well.  As far as reasons for the existence of this best-of collection [1], this book has a worthwhile … Continue reading

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Book Review: Scribbled In The Dark: Poems

Scribbled In The Dark:  Poems, by Charles Simic Again, as someone who is very familiar with the writing of noted contemporary poets [1], I found much in this book to enjoy.  To be sure, the poems in this book have … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lunatic: Poems

The Lunatic:  Poems, by Charles Simic It is hard to know what the author means in his title.  Given the generally symbolic nature of the author’s poetry [1], something that is pretty easy to understand, who exactly is the author … Continue reading

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Book Review: Selected Poems (Tennyson)

Selected Poems, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson This sort of book is one that is easy to appreciate.  If you are one of those rare contemporary readers of poetry–since most contemporary readers of poetry happen to be poets themselves–this is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lady Of Shalott

The Lady Of Shalott, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson with illustrations by Geneviève Côté From time to time I come across illustrated books that take a single poem from a writer and illustrate it [1].  Often these volumes are intended for … Continue reading

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