CHARLES SIMIC Biography - Famous Poets and dancers


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Charles Simic has been a role model for many                                       
young and old with his unique view. Life was not always easy for Simic. Simic     
lived in Yugoslavia during World War II. Simic had a hard childhood with the war   
overshadowing his childhood experiences. Simic writes many poems that relate to   
his distinctive experiences and let the reader now more about his past and his     
culture. Simic had one chance to be free from the world of hunger and poetry but   
many Yugoslavians did not get the chance to experience what he did. In his good   
fortune, Simic moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother to start a new life. 
He then began writing and his first poem was published in 1958 while in high       
Simic’s first interest in poetry came from his close friends and began "When I     
noticed in high school that one of my friends was attracting the best looking     
girls by writing them sappy love poems." Simic was never rich and could not       
afford to go to college because of the high expense and because of the stress it   
would cause for his parents. His father wanted him to become an artist but was     
an optimist who thought that the money for college would one day appear. Simic     
overcame that obstacle by working night shifts to pay for college and studying     
and attending classes in the morning. He then continued with his writing and       
graduated from the University of New York with a bachelor’s degree from learning   
during the night and working during the day to pay for college admission.         
Despite this hard point in his career, Simic published about 60 books of poetry   
and eventually won many awards for the writing. His book of prose poems The       
World Doesn't End was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1990. His previous volumes     
of poetry include Kerns Cosmology (1977), nominated for the National Book Award,   
and Classic Ballroom Dances (1980), which won the 1980 di Castagnola Award and     
the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award. Walking the Black Cat (1996) was also nominated   
for the National Book Award. Charles Simic has received the Edgar Allan Poe       
Award, the PEN Translation Prize, and awards from the American Academy of Arts     
and Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1983, he received   
a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.                                                 
At the root of all of these accomplishments are many of the poets that             
influenced Simic and his writing. These people helped teach Simic and change his   
perception of poetic language. This is revealed in his works, which display a     
variety of influences, including those of German philosopher Martin Heidegger,     
Yugoslavian poet Vasko Popa, American poets from Walt Whitman to Theodore         
Roethke, and French surrealists such as André Bréton and Stéphane Mallarmé.       
Today, Charles Simic is a Professor of English at the University of New           
Hampshire. He has a wife named Helene and two kids, Anna and Philip. What would   
Simic have done if he were not a poet? He would have liked to own a small         
restaurant and do his own cooking. The dishes he prefers are mostly               
Mediterranean, and he would have friends to work as waiters. This dream is         
interesting because in the world of poverty of his childhood, he did not dream     
about being as wealthy as a doctor or lawyer. Instead he has dreamt small and     
accomplished much. He is a role model for the many young poets of the world.