A Poetry Archive recording by

Charles Simic

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These poems come from a special recording for the Poetry Archive:

  • 1 -
    "Butcher Shop"

  • 2 -
    "Cockroach"

  • 3 -

  • 4 -
    "The Partial Explanation"

  • 5 -
    "Prodigy"

  • 6 -
    "Shelley"

  • 7 -
    "Factory"

  • 8 -
    "Folk Songs"

  • 9 -
    "Country Fair"

  • 10 -

  • 11 -
    "Transport"

  • 12 -
    "Reading History"

  • 13 -

  • 14 -
    "Ghosts"

  • 15 -
    "At the Cookout"

  • 16 -
    "Club Midnight"

  • 17 -
    "Pastoral Harpsichord"

  • 18 -
    "The Soul Has Many Brides"

  • 19 -
    "Unmade Beds"

  • 20 -
    "The One To Worry About"

  • 21 -
    "Cherry Blossom Time"

  • 22 -
    "The Altar"

  • 23 -
    "My Father Attributed Immortality to Waiters"

  • 24 -
    "Views from a Train"

  • 25 -
    "Serving Time"

  • 26 -
    "Cabbage"

  • 27 -
    "Paradise"

  • 28 -

  • 29 -
    "The Tiger"

  • 30 -
    "Evening Walk"

  • 31 -
    "The Old World"

  • 32 -
    "Empires"

  • 33 -
    "The Tower"

  • 34 -
    "Late Call"

  • 35 -
    "Emily’s Theme"

  • 36 -
    "The Friends of Heraclitus"


Select bibliography

  • What the Grass Says, Kayak, 1967 - not in print
  • Somewhere among Us a Stone Is Taking Notes, Kayak, 1969 - not in print
  • Four Yugoslav Poets: Ivan V. Lalic, Branko Milijkovic, Milorad Pavic, Ljubomir Simovic (translator), Lillabulero Press, 1970 - not in print
  • Ivan V. Lalic, Fire Gardens: Selected Poems 1956-1969, (translator), New Rivers Press, 1970 - not in print
  • The Little Box: poems of Vasko Popa (translator), The Charioteer, 1970
  • Dismantling the Silence, Braziller/Jonathan Cape, 1971
  • White, New Rivers Press, 1972 - not in print
  • Return to a Place Lit by a Glass of Milk, Braziller, 1974 - not in print
  • The Poetry of Surrealism: An Anthology (translator with others), Little, Brown and Company, 1974 - not in print
  • Biography and a Lament, Poems 1961-1967, Bartholomew's Cobble, 1976 - not in print
  • Another Republic: 17 European and South American Writers (editor with Mark Strand), Ecco Press, 1976 - not in print
  • Contemporary Yugoslav Poetry (translator), University of Iowa Press, 1977 - not in print
  • Charon's Cosmology, Braziller, 1977 - not in print
  • Djordje Nicolic, Key to Dreams According to Djordje (translator), Elpenor Books, 1978 - not in print
  • Vasko Popa, Homage to the Lame Wolf: Selected Poems 1956-1975 (translator), Oberlin College, 1979
  • Classic Ballroom Dances, Braziller, 1980 - not in print
  • White: A New Version, Logbridge-Rhodes Press, 1980 - not in print
  • Slavko Mihalic, Atlantis: Selected Poems 1953-1982 (translator with Peter Katmiler), Greenfield Review Press, 1983 - not in print
  • Austerities, Braziller/Secker and Warburg, 1982/1983 - not in print
  • Weather Forecast for Utopia and Vicinity, Poems 1967-1982, Station Hill Press, 1983 - not in print
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  • The Uncertain Certainty: Interviews, Essays and Notes on Poetry, University of Michigan Press, 1985
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  • Selected Poems, 1963-1983, Braziller/Secker and Warburg, 1986 - not in print
  • Unending Blues, Mariner Books; 1 edition (May 1987)
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  • Selected Poems of Tomaz Salamun (translator), Ecco Press, 1988 - not in print
  • Roll Call of Mirrors: Selected Poems of Ivan V. Lalic (translator), Wesleyan University Press, 1988
  • The Essential Campion (editor), The Essential Poets Series, 7, Ecco Press, 1988 - not in print
  • Aleksandar Ristovic, Some Other Wine and Light (translator), Charioteer Press, 1989 - not in print
  • The World Doesn't End, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989
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  • The Book of Gods and Devils, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990
  • Selected Poems, 1963-1983: Revised and Expanded, Braziller, 1990
  • Bright Moves, J. Allyn Rosser (editor), Northeastern University Press, 1990 - not in print
  • Wonderful Words, Silent Truth: Essays on Poetry and a Memoir, University of Michigan Press, 1990
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  • Slavko Janevski, The Bandit Wind (translator), Dryad Press, 1991 - not in print
  • The Horse Has Six Legs: An Anthology of Serbian Poetry (translator), Graywolf Press, 1992
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  • Novica Tadic, Night Mail (translator), Field Translation Series, 19, Oberlin College Press, 1992
  • Hotel Insomnia, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992
  • The Best American Poetry, 1992 (editor with David Lehman), Macmillan, 1992 - not in print
  • The Best American Poetry 1992 (editor), Scribners, 1993
  • The Unemployed Fortune-Teller: Essays and Memoirs, University of Michigan Press, 1994
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  • A Wedding in Hell, Harcourt Brace, 1994
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  • Frightening Toys, Faber & Faber, 1995
  • Walking the Black Cat, Harcourt Brace, Thomson Learning, 1996
  • Looking for Trouble, Faber & Faber, 1997
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  • Homage to Hat and Uncle Guide and Eliot, Tomaz Salamun (editor), Arc Publications, 1997
  • Scar on the Stone: Contemporary Poetry from Bosnia (translator with others), Bloodaxe Books, 1998
  • Orphan Factory (essays), University of Michigan Press, 1998
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  • Alexsandar Ristovic, Devils' Lunch (translator), Faber and Faber, 1999
  • Jackstraws, Harcourt Brace/Faber & Faber, 1999
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  • Selected Early Poems, Braziller, 1999
  • Deborah Tall, Summons: Poems (editor), Sarabande Books, 2000 - not in print
  • Tomaz Salamun, Feast (editor), Harcourt, 2000
  • A Fly in the Soup (essays), University of Michigan Press, 2000
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  • Metaphysician in the Dark (essays), University of Michigan Press, 2000
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  • Night Picnic, Harcourt, 2001
  • Horace: The Odes (translator with others), Princeton University Press, 2002
  • Charles Simic in Conversation with Michael Hulse, Between the Lines, 2002
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  • The Voice at 3A.M.: Selected Later Poems, Harcourt, 2003
  • Selected Poems 1963-2003, Faber and Faber, 2004
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  • A Wake for the Living: poems of Radmila Lazic (translator), Graywolf Press, 2004
  • New British Poetry (editor with Don Paterson), Graywolf Press, 2004
  • Aunt Lettuce I Want to Peek Under Your Skirt, Bloomsbury, 2005
  • My Noiseless Entourage, Harcourt, 2005
  • Charles Simic Reading from his poems, CD, The Poetry Archive, 2006
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  • Memory Piano (prose), University of Michigan, 2006
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  • That Little Something, Harcourt, 2007
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  • The Monster Loves his Labyrinth, Ausable Press, 2007
  • Thomas Campion: Poems selected by Charles Simic, Faber & Faber, 2007
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