Master of Disguises

Master of Disguises In his first volume of poetry since his tenure as poet laureate Charles Simic shows he is at the height of his poetic powers These new poems mine the rich strain of inscrutability in ordinary life u

  • Title: Master of Disguises
  • Author: Charles Simic
  • ISBN: 9780547397092
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Master of Disguises

    In his first volume of poetry since his tenure as poet laureate, Charles Simic shows he is at the height of his poetic powers These new poems mine the rich strain of inscrutability in ordinary life, until it is hard to know what is innocent and what ominous There is something about his work that continues to be crystal clear and yet deeply weighted with violence and mystIn his first volume of poetry since his tenure as poet laureate, Charles Simic shows he is at the height of his poetic powers These new poems mine the rich strain of inscrutability in ordinary life, until it is hard to know what is innocent and what ominous There is something about his work that continues to be crystal clear and yet deeply weighted with violence and mystery Reading it is like going undercover The face of a girl carrying a white dress from the cleaners with her eyes half closed The Adam Evie Tanning Salon at night A sparrow on crutches A rubber duck in a shooting gallery on a Sunday morning And someone in a tree swing, too old to be swinging and to be wearing no clothes at all, blowing a toy trumpet at the sky.

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    1. s.p

      A very special, bonus Wilco edition of this review will follow the closing credits of the primary reviewEternity, the quiet one, listening in.I have always found it amusing that Charles Simic was honored with the position of US Poet Laureate during the George W. Bush administration. While Simic's poetry wouldn't be typically assessed as 'political', there is still a left-leaning philosophy that seems hidden it the heart of it. Master of Disguise, his 12th collection, released in 2010, finds Simi [...]

    2. Ahmad Sharabiani

      Master of disguises ,2010عنوان: «بلندیهای بلاهت: گزیده ی اشعار چارلز سیمیچ»؛ مترجمان: «علی خادمی، شیما وزوایی؛ نشر: مشهد، بوتیمار، 1382، در 80 ص، شابک: 9786006938837؛ موضوع: شعر شاعران آمریکایی قرن 20 مPoetry collections1967: What the Grass Says1969: Somewhere among us a Stone is Taking Notes1971: Dismantling the Silence1972: White1974: Return to a Place Lit by a Glass of Mil [...]

    3. Mohammad Ali

      مجموعه ی شعری متوسط به بالایی است، جاهایی ابهام دارد و ترجمه هم جاهایی باید ویرایش شود - البته ترجمه قابل خواندن است و با یک ویرایش درست می شود. اگر ترجمه ی بهتر بود واقعا می تونست مجموعه ی خوبی با سه ستاره باشه اشعاری که من خیلی جالب یافتمشون "چشمان سنجاق شده"، "خربزه" و "2-شعر" بو [...]

    4. Philip

      It’s been a while since I read this. I finished it back in November and wanted to make sure I gave it a fair shake in the review, so I was waiting until I had time to write one. Lesson learned: You will never have time to write an adequate review for a book. Ever.I know that several of my other friends out there have encountered this lesson time and time again. It’s still frustrating.Master of Disguises was a good book of poetry. I’d read an enjoyed Simic’s Sixty Poems enough that I cou [...]

    5. Monte

      Graveside OrationOur late friend hated blue skies,Bible-quoting preachers,Politicians kissing babies,Women who are all sweetness.He likes drunks in church,Nudists playing volleyball,Stray dogs making friends,Birds singing of fair weather as they crap.

    6. Diya

      (I wrote this for a class once, so might as well post it)I always feel safe inside a Charles Simic poem. In a universe peopled by characters who shuffle about performing small acts of dying, who interact in ways that remind us of how soon they will be alone in the kitchen again, reheating hours-old tea, and of how abruptly a poem always ends, there is a pure conviction of voice. Simic places his reader in an environment which is morbid and at times violent, but somehow gives us the assurance tha [...]

    7. Hope Whitby

      Master of Disguises by Charles SimicPublished by Houghton /Mifflin HarcourtISBN 978-0-547-39709-2Master of Disguises is Simic’s first volume of poetry since he served as poet laureate of the United States in 2007-2008. Charles Simic is a literary artist. His poems paint images that walk a thin line between innocence and guilt, between what one struggles to remember and what he desperately wants to forget, and between what is truth and what is myth.The opening poem, The Invisible One, tells of [...]

    8. Robert

      It seems always twilight in Simic's poems, or night, or somewhere in between. Even if the sun is rising, or it is noon, it seems the poet is watching from the shadows, or entering the shadows. And, there is always the presence of death, but a weightless death, that doesn't bear down too heavily; more often welcomed than feared. The person of the undertaker, the barber, the man on a corner, has no more weight or dignity than the pigeon, or the sparrow, the dog in the front yard. Things are small [...]

    9. Jerome

      I think innocent and ominous are two succinct words to describe the main tones of this book which has a pleasant flow to it despite it being full of melancholy thoughts about leaves & wind that speak & hear as if they were humand then an almost overtly anti-war-like plea in places (the middle in particular)i especially enjoyed the dark word play & stealth he used in certain ways throughout this bookon most poems here,you get the point near the end of each onebut not until then. a fav [...]

    10. Kate

      Simic explores the themes of war, loneliness, life, secret observation and blends them together with words that gently dig into the scene without disrupting it.This collection contains several works that really grabbed me. Simic is a master at taking something empty and making it feel full though detailing the parts. He picks something that could be benign and then zeros in on the strange parts that only someone with binoculars would see. For example in Streets Paved with Gold he starts with bla [...]

    11. Jsavett1

      I like these poems, but I didn't love them. Simic has a darkness about him that I admire only because he exposes it honestly in surprising ways, like the line in "Puppet Maker" in which a daughter molesting father suddenly makes an appearance. Simic's poems are immediately recognizable as his: the almost constant political background noise, the dark wit, the frequently bizarre (and sometimes inexplicable) turn of phrase. It's just that I don't always like the poems. It's that plain and simple. I [...]

    12. Tyler Jones

      Simic is one of the most admired of our living poets and I'm a newbie to reading poetry, so perhaps I'm not qualified to be passing judgement on his work. Still these poems seem to make sense to me on some instinctual level. They pass the gut-check.I much taken, at first anyway, with the tone. The balance of the mundane and the horrific. Then they started to seem formulaic - enough with the porch lights! Enough with the shop windows! Just when I started to feel I was just reading the same poem o [...]

    13. Donald Armfield

      A master of disguises shows more of Simic's poetic power. Saving the best for last in this collection "Invisible" What is always there, hiding around the corner, smiling down at you from the attic. You can't see it but can read what Simic has portrayed has invisible. Favorites*Master of Disguises*Scenes of Old Life*Driving Home*In That Big House*Streets Paved with Gold*Darkened Chessboard*Bright and Early**The Invisible**

    14. Michael

      I really liked these poems. I found this the most accessible of the poems of Simic’s I’ve read. They were thoughtful excursions on daily life - the metaphors weaving a sometimes rambunctious, sometimes peaceful melody. The closing (long) piece “The Invisible” I liked particularly well - it caused me to see my world a little more clearly - which is what, good poetry, I think, always invites us to do. I’m glad I read it.

    15. Leonard

      Another collection of fine poems by an expert poet. Simic has mastered the art of saying volumes in few words and leaving the reader with even more to contemplate.

    16. Dan

      As always Simic makes great late-night reading. This collection particularly brought home the tragedy of war, more so than all the news reports I've read.

    17. Jesse

      He liked drunks in church,Nudists playing volleyball,Stray dogs making friends,Birds singing of fair weather as they crapom "Graveside Oration"

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