Have you seen the poem above the Dictionary Stand in the library’s Reading Room??

Charles Simic, a prize winning poet, translator, professor and long-time New Hampshire resident, is the author. A selection of his poems can be found at Poet.org  and The Poetry Foundation  and in our collectione Black Cat by Charles Simic

Among his many honors is the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to which he was appointed for the 2006-2007 year. This endowed position, established in the late 1930’s, is administered by the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. “The Library of Congress keeps to a modest minimum the specific official duties it requires of the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to afford each incumbent maximum freedom to work on his or her own projects while at the Library” (http://www.loc.gov/poetry/about.html). Many New Englanders – including Louise Glück, Donald Hall, Stanley Kunitz, and Robert Pinsky – have been appointed to the position over the last two decades.

If you are writing some poetry yourself, you’ll want to see Mr. Simic’s ‘Simics Advice’ as you compose.


~ Mary Litterst, Reference Librarian


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