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The essays in Wonderful Words, Silent Truth touch Charles Simic's deepest concerns as a poet. The longest piece is an autobiographical narrative of his early years in Yugoslavia during the Second World War. Other contributions in this volume range from essays on philosophy and painting to entries from Simic's notebooks of the last twenty years. One of the essays, "Reading Philosophy at Night," was included in this year's anthology The Best American Essays, 1988, edited by Annie Dillard.
Why I Like Certain Poems More Than Others 1
In the Beginning... 3
Reading Philosophy at Night 54
Notes on Poetry and Philosophy 62
Chinese Boxes and Puppet Theaters 69
Visionaries and Anti-Visionaries 72
Caballero Solo 82
Wonderful Words, Silent Truth 85
Thomas Campion 96
Ivan V. Lalic 101
Serbian Heroic Ballads 108
Introduction to the Poetry of Aleksandar Ristovic 113
Art Hodes 117
Notes on Bata Mihailovitch's Paintings 120
William Stafford's "At the Bomb Testing Site" 126