Charles Simic laureado
El joven que huyó de la ex Yugoslavia a los 16 años (de eso hace más de 50 años), Charles Simic, se ha covertido en el décimo quinto poeta en lengua inglesa en adquirir el título Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry , sucediendo a Donald Hall, una distinción que otorga la Biblioteca del Congreso de los EEUU desde 1937. Se une así a una lista de autores como Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, Mark Strand, Joseph Brodsky. El poeta había ganado antes el Pullitzer por una colección de poemas.
Para quienes quieran leer algunos de sus poemas en castellano, les dejo este enlace.
Dice The Guardian sobre el autor: "Simic received the Pulitzer prize for poetry in 1990, for The World Doesn't End, a series of 67 prose poems in which he plumbs the absurdity of a world which, like the river of one of his poems, "in its confusion sometimes forgets and flows backwards." Such imagistic playfulness, coupled with brevity and simple diction, has become his stylistic hallmark; however, the issues he confronts within his poetry are darkly serious. History is his central theme. "My family, like millions of others, had to pack up and go," he explains, "so that has always interested me tremendously: human tragedy and human vileness and stupidity (...) Speaking by telephone from his home, Simic described himself as a "city poet", joking that he has "lived in cities all of my life, except for the last 35 years." He originally wanted to be a painter, he said, until "I realised that I had no talent.""