Guest Editor
The Best American Poetry 1992

  Charles SimicCharles Simic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1938. With his family he emigrated to the United States at the age of sixteen. After attending Ernest Hemingway’s alma mater in Oak Park, Illinois, he was drafted into the United States Army and served in West Germany and France before continuing his education at New York University. He has written fourteen books of poems, including Classic Ballroom Dances (Braziller, 1980), Selected Poems: 1963-1983 (Braziller, 1985), and The Book of Gods and Devils (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990). The World Doesn’t End (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989), a collection of his prose poems, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1990. Mr. Simic has published numerous translations of Yugoslav poetry as well as two books in the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry series. He is married, has two children, and teaches at the University of New Hampshire.

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