2003 National Book Award Finalist: Poetry

Charles Simic

The Voice at 3:00 A.M.: Selected Late and New Poems

Harcourt Inc.

About the Book

This anthology presents selections from Charles Simic's last eight books alongside 19 new poems. The quatrains with which Mr. Simic are most associated are coupled with free verse to relate profound contrasts realized through striking poetic imagery. Weighty, metaphysical concerns are addressed with sardonic wit and clear-mindedness. Compiled without section breaks, the collection presents the full scope of the poet's arc, with work spanning two decades. (Harcourt Inc.)

Author Biography

A National Book Award Finalist for Poetry in 1978 for Charon's Cosmology and in 1996 for Walking the Black Cat, Charles Simic is the author of more than 60 books. Born and raised in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, he was witness to aerial bombardments by both Nazi and Allied forces. He immigrated to the United States in 1954 and received his B.A. from New York University in 1967. A translator, editor, essayist, and poet, Mr. Simic is a Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, where he has taught since 1973. He served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2000-2002.

Selected Backlist

Charles Simic: Selected Early Poems
Charon's Cosmology
A Fly in the Soup: Memoirs
The Metaphysician in the Dark (Poets on Poetry Series)

Orphan Factory: Essays and Memoirs
Walking the Black Cat
Wonderful Words, Silent Truth: Essays on Poetry and a Memoir
The World Doesn't End

Photo Credit: Philip Simic