Vincent Millay, Czeslaw Milosz, Robert Pinsky, Adrienne Rich, Carl Sandburg, Anne Sexton, Charles Simic, Wallace Stevens, Derek Walcott, Richard Wilbur, C.K.
That set me thinking about all the fine poems on the “soul” by master poets including the much-lauded naturalized American poet Charles Simic, who has, among many honours, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Griffin Poetry Prize.There is no doubt the wrong use of soul in a poem can torpedo both poem and poet.
Serbian-American poet Charles Simic’s résumé is almost as long and impressive as his vast body of work. He was named a U.S. Poet Laureate and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur grant. He arguably has as much name recognition as any other living American poet. Given the diverse, overwhelming nature of his poetic oeuvre, the collection New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012 is a necessary addition to the Simic library. It serves as a suitable introduction to the poet’s work for those who haven’t taken the time to peruse his more than 30 poetry collections.