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Charon's Cosmology: Poems (The Braziller Series of Poetry)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Unknown Binding, 47 pages
Published January 1st 1977 by George Braziller
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Apr 27, 2012 Joe rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry, 2012
I was pulled into this book by the first poem and the $2 price tag. Unfortunately, it didn't really go anywhere from there; I found the writing immature, although not inexpert. Simic seemed to be avoiding what he wanted to talk about too much. Think of a very cagey Frank O'Hara. He wants to describe everything he sees, but he can't quite do it honestly. So it drifts to metaphor or humor at the wrong times.

The best is the title poem:

With only his dim lantern
To tell him where he is
And every time
Robert Beveridge
Charles Simic, Charon's Cosmology (George Braziller, 1977)
Charles Simic, Austerities (George Braziller, 1982)

These two of Simic's entries in the Braziller poetry series (his last before it shut down in 1978, and his second upon its resurrection) read as two parts of a whole, so it makes some sense to review them together. Charon's Cosmology, nominated for the National Book Award, is the shorter of the two by a few pages. The usual wit, wisdom, and irony to be found in Simic is here in spades, al
see my review of Austerities...
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Charles Simic (born Dušan Simić) is a Serbian-American poet and the 15th Poet Laureate of the United States. He is co-Poetry Editor of the Paris Review. Simic is the 2007 recipient of the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. This $100,000 (US) prize recognizes outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.
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