My Noiseless Entourage

My Noiseless Entourage

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This new collection of poems from Charles Simic demonstrates once again his wit, moral acuity, and brilliant use of imagery. His settings are a farmhouse porch, a used-clothing store, empty station platforms; his subjects love, futility, and the sense of an individual life lived among a crowd of literal and imaginary presences.
Both sharp and sympathetic, the poems of this collection confirm Simic's place as one of the most important and appealing poets of our time.
To Dreams
I'm still living at all the old addresses,
Wearing dark glasses even indoors,
On the hush-hush sharing my bed
With phantoms, visiting in the kitchen
After midnight to check the faucet.
I'm late for school, and when I get there
No one seems to recognize me.
I sit disowned, sequestered and withdrawn.
These small shops open only at night
Where I make my unobtrusive purchases,
These back-door movie houses in seedy neighborhoods
Still showing grainy films of my life,
The hero always full of extravagant hope
Losing it all in the end?-whatever it was-
Then walking out into the cold, disbelieving light
Waiting close-lipped at the exit.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 5.08mm | 22.68g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0151012148
  • 9780151012145
  • 1,241,018

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"Few contemporary poets have been as influential-or as inimitable- as Charles Simic."-THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
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Praise for Charles Simic
"Few contemporary poets have been as influential-- or as inimitable-- as Charles Simic." --The New York Times Book Review
"He has infused American poetry with the freshest and most original style and imagery since e.e. cummings." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"His poems are crowded with uncanny presence, which he challenges with flirtatious directness." --The New Yorker
"There are few poets writing in America today who share his lavish appetite for the bizarre, his inexhaustible repertoire of indelible characters and gestures...Simic is perhaps our most disquieting muse." --Harvard Review
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"Charles Simic's writing comes dancing out on the balls of its feet, colloquially fit as a fiddle, a sparring partner for the world." --Seamus Heaney
Once again Charles Simic demonstrates his wit, his moral acuity, and extraordinary use of imagery. MY NOISELESS ENTOURAGE is haunted by marooned, wordless individuals, but also by a sense of indecipherable, constant chatter, the murmuring on the other side of the wall. Simic sheds light on the slow, distracted quality of rural life, and the paranoia, the suspicions of city-dwellers. An old man sits in his backyard with a rope in his hand. A flock of spooked starlings seem to have heard something no one else has. The lodger no one has ever seen, drawing her bath upstairs. The poet as a dog, growling at something out there he cannot bring himself to name.
A brilliant new collection by one of the most important poets of our time.
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