Charles Simic Other literary forms

Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Charles Simic (SIH-mihk) edited, with Mark Strand, Another Republic (1976), an influential anthology that provided many American readers with an introduction to contemporary poetry in Europe and Latin America. Simic also edited The Essential Campion (1988), a selection of the lyrics of Thomas Campion. His essay collections include The Uncertain Certainty: Interviews, Essays, and Notes on Poetry (1985); Wonderful Words, Silent Truth: Essays on Poetry and a Memoir (1990), The Unemployed Fortune-Teller: Essays and Memoirs (1994), and Orphan Factory: Essays and Memoirs (1997). A Fly in the Soup: Memoirs (2000) focuses on Simic’s childhood. The Monster Loves His Labyrinth: Notebooks (2008), an assemblage of fleeting but related images and thoughts, offers insight into the poet’s life and poetic practice. The Renegade: Writings on Poetry and a Few Other Things (2009) collects sixteen previously published essays on other writers, including Walt Whitman, Edwin Arlington Robinson, and Elizabeth Bishop. Simic is also a prolific translator of poetry from eastern Europe.