Come Closer and Listen: New Poems
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About the Author
Charles Simic, poet, essayist, and translator, was born in Yugoslavia in 1938 and immigrated to the United States in 1954. Since 1967, he has published twenty books of his own poetry, in addition to a memoir; the essay collection The Life of Images; and numerous books of translations for which he has received many literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, the MacArthur Fellowship, and the Wallace Stevens Award. Simic is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and in 2007 was chosen as poet laureate of the United States. He is emeritus professor at the University of New Hampshire, where he has taught since 1973, and is distinguished visiting writer at New York University.
"One of our finest poets... singularly engaging, eminently sane..."--New York Review of Books
"His poetry ... is comic and elegiac in equal measure. It has an Old World sensibility...that he pins to a New World lightness of heart."--Dwight Garner, New York Times