Jackstraws

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ISBN 9780571204335 Format Paperback
9780571204335
Paperback
Published 04/09/2000 Length 96 pages
96

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Simic's poems are like self-developing polaroids, in which a scene, gradually assembling itself out of unexplained images, suddenly clicks into a recognisable whole. Because of his wartime youth, Simic's mind is stocked with precise images of the fearful, the incomprehensible and the fragmented. Two motives - the search for explanation, knowing there is none and the finding of plots or images to match the burden of feeling - have always driven his poems. The results in Jackstraws are as brutal and featherlight as they have ever been.
Simic's poems are like self-developing polaroids, in which a scene, gradually assembling itself out of unexplained images, suddenly clicks into a recognisable whole. Because of his wartime youth, Simic's mind is stocked with precise images of the fearful, the incomprehensible and the fragmented. Two motives - the search for explanation, knowing there is none and the finding of plots or images to match the burden of feeling - have always driven his poems. The results in Jackstraws are as brutal and featherlight as they have ever been.
  • About Charles Simic

    Charles Simic was born in 1938 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and emigrated to the United States in 1954. His first collection was published in 1971, and in the three decades that have followed he has received numerous awards and honours for his work, including the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN International Award for translation. Since 1973, Simic has taught English at the University of New Hampshire.

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