Charles Simic, former United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner (1990), is also an essayist and translator. Born in Belgrade, Simic now lives in New Hampshire. He is the professor emeritus of American Literature and Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire and a Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at New York University.
In the spare and haunting vision of Charles Simicís poems, the familiar takes on a disturbing, often sinister presence and yet his work also transforms the ordinary world into a place of wonder and mystery. Selected Early Poems spans the years 1963-1983 and includes works from twelve previous collections, with a new introduction that sheds invaluable light on the authorís early artistic calling.
"Charles Simic ... is among the very few poets for whom surrealism is a genuine vision, a tool of discovery, rather than a collection of arbitrary shocks.... His skill and sure instinct make this book one of the important poetic achievements of our time."
—Adam Kirsch, New York Times