Charles Simic: Poetry Background

Charles Simic: Poetry Background

Charles Simic, born during 1938, is a well-respected American poet with an intuitive approach to creating remarkable poetry. He was born in Yugoslavia and emigrated to the United States as a teenager, according to the Poetry Foundation. He was an English and creative writing professor at the University of New Hampshire for more than thirty years.

His poetry consists of emotive imagery based on encounters of the war-stricken city of Belgrade, the capital and largest city in Serbia, among other matters. Specifically, he has touched on the impoverishing impact that modern society and culture have on one's soul.

Victor Contoski of the Chicago Review said Simic's poems are "some of the most strikingly original poetry of our time." Some poem titles include "Autumn Sky," "Come Winter," and "Empire of Dreams." Simic's poetry has earned him several awards and prizes, such as the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, and the U.S. Poet Laureate position.

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