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The Book of Gods and Devils: Poems.

Simic, Charles.

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ISBN 10: 0151134553 / ISBN 13: 9780151134557
Published by Harcourt Brace, New York, 1990
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A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright dust jacket. While Simic's terse, enigmatic poems have always expressed metaphysical concerns, this volume represents a further exploration of styles and themes he has employed in years past. The dualism implied by the title is played out in the way the poems balance existential dread with the possibility of hope, the way they explore both the world's "terror and luster." Still, the only certainty is uncertainty. Simic creates a world of signs--"the blue and gold Madonna in the window," a "single ceiling fan barely turning"--that point toward a mysterious, ever-elusive meaning. Bookseller Inventory # 24715

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Title: The Book of Gods and Devils: Poems.

Publisher: Harcourt Brace, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.

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Loneliness, loss, sadness, and mystery mark this wonderful volume of forty-nine poems by Charles Simic, winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and praised as “one of the truly imaginative writers of our time” by the Los Angeles Times.

About the Author:

CHARLES SIMIC was born in Belgrade and emigrated to the United States in 1954. He is the author of many books of poetry and prose. Among other honors, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 and served as the Poet Laureate of the United States in 2007–2008.

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