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The Unemployed Fortune-Teller: Essays and Memoirs

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  94 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Provides glimpses into the origins of Charles Simic's poetry
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published February 15th 1995 by University of Michigan Press (first published 1995)
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Aug 07, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful read! This collection of brilliantly written essays by the poet Simic is a delight. From the beginning to the end, each piece is brilliantly crafted. He writes of his life in the war - as a member of the military police in France. He writes of the tomatoes of his neighbors. He writes his thoughts on food and poetry. Beautiful little pieces - each one different. Each one a a gift waiting to be unwrapped. I loved this. I’m very glad I read it. I bought it new from Amazon in this m ...more
Dec 28, 2007 Fred rated it it was amazing
these books are so satisfying to go back to - he writes about history and writing and politics and it sounds like a late-night conversation with your uncle rather than a lecture. He's no bullshit and all bullshit. There are selections from his notebooks, little snippets, that KILL. Simic's Poets on Poetry titles are must-haves.
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Feb 10, 2008 Scott Stambler rated it it was amazing
tun to any page and you can't stop reading.

prose from the nobel laureate ain't bad either.

reminds me of eb white but another dimension of experience.

post world war 2 stories from france are phenomenal.

inspires the writer within.

Jun 03, 2008 Barb rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: surrealist poets and tomato enthusiasts.
Runs the gamut from bawdy peasant poetry to genetically-engineered tomatoes. I feel like I just had a very long and strange conversation with Charles Simic over dinner.
Dana Jerman
Jan 14, 2012 Dana Jerman rated it really liked it
I think Simic is so sexy. Sexy philosopher.
Oct 07, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I had this on one bookshelf or another from sometime around my sophomore year of university to now, and I hadn't done more than skim it. Reading through all of the essays in a few days was probably a little much to compensate for ignoring it for so long (and the essays start to overlap a bit, too), but I figured I somehow owed it to Mr Simic, who wrote my favourite poem ever.

Anyway. There are beautiful, lovely things in here, and horrible beautiful things and sometimes it's just more text about
May 24, 2008 Bob rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Essays and memoirs by Charles Simic. Not particularly memorable for me. If you have an interest in Simic, you'd probably like it.
Roxane Beth Johnson
Still reading this one, actually. The little essays are anecdotal, sometimes, but really informative. I love Simic, so it's hard to complain even when he's imperfect.
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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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