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Unending Blues

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Whether he draws for inspiration on American blues, Serbian folktales, or Greek myths, Simic's words have a way of their own. Each of these forty-four poems is a powerful mixture of concrete images. Each records the reality and myth of the world around us-and in us. "Short, perfectly shaped, Simic's poems float past like feathers, turning one way, then another" (Village ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published November 21st 1986 by Mariner Books (first published 1986)
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Brian Foley
Oct 21, 2007 Brian Foley rated it it was amazing
Brian has found a new favorite. For years I have been hearing about the talents of Simic, but havent seen it - with the most recently published works, the ones wildly available, I mean.

Wow, this is it though. This is what I look for in poetry.
Images abound. Images abound.
Robert Beveridge
Jan 23, 2008 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
Charles Simic, Unending Blues (Harcourt Brace, 1986)

To call Charles Simic a poor man's Clayton Eshleman would probably not be giving Simic his full due. After all, Simic is a Pulitzer Prize winner (1990, for The World Doesn't End), a recipient of a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (Jackstraws), a finalist for the National Book Award (Walking the Black Cat), a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. I mean, the guy's good. Only
Nov 01, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it
Simic's imagery in Unending Blues is wonderful. The collection really seems to come together in part 3. I've noticed that I frequently most enjoy the last section of a book of poems, especially if it is a new poet. I wonder if this an issue of familiarity- does it take time to adjust and appreciate a new voice and style? Will revisiting the earlier parts of the collection give me a greater appreciation of those poems? Regardless, here's a poem I enjoyed from the end of the book:

Promises of Leni
Joey Dhaumya
May 13, 2016 Joey Dhaumya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My third Simic.
It was far more accessible than The World Doesn't End, but Simic's flair for jazzy changes of scale with sudden, wildly imaginative, and cryptic imagery is present through and through. He will make you work, but the results are astounding.
Jan 20, 2014 Jimmy rated it really liked it
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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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