Dime-Store Alchemy by Charles Simic September 16, 2011
In a work that is in various degrees biography, criticism, and sheer poetry, Simic tells the story of Cornell’s life and illuminates the hermetic mysteries of his extraordinary boxes, objects in which private obsessions were alchemically transformed into enduring works of art.
Full of unexpected riches, Dime-Store Alchemy is both an entrancing meditation on the nature of art and a perfect introduction to a major American artist. It is a book that can be perused at length or dipped into at leisure time and time again.
“Incisive, freewheeling, dramatic…a mixture of evocation and observation, as lucid and shadowy as the imagination it celebrates… Dime-Store Alchemy is a meeting of kindred spirits that is itself a work of art.” —Edward Hirsch, The New Yorker
Also by Charles SimicConfessions of a Poet Laureate
Charles Simic has said the secret to our identities lies not in grand events, but in the parentheses between events—and in these brief essays, we get a taste of this great poet’s parenthetical observations and recollections.
Confessions of a Poet Laureate is available as an e-book only. Please order from your favorite e-book seller.