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A selection of new and chosen essays through the Pulitzer Prize–winner and previous Poet Laureate.

In addition to being one in every of America’s most renowned and recommended poets, Charles Simic is a prolific and proficient essayist. The lifetime of Images brings jointly his most sensible prose paintings written over twenty-five years.

A combination of the simple, the wry, and the hopeful, the essays in The lifetime of Images discover matters starting from literary feedback to philosophy, images to Simic’s youth in a war-torn kingdom. Culled from 5 collections, every one paintings demonstrates the traits that make Simic’s poetry so terrific but accessible.

Whether he's revealing the impact of literature on his formative years improvement, puzzling over the connection among meals and luxury, or elegizing the pull to come back to a place of birth that not exists, the mythical poet stocks his precise tackle the realm and gives an intimate inspect his extraordinary mind.

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