Course Details

963: Some Charles Simic Poems

February 14-18
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Charles Simic is a prolific living American poet, essayist, former US Poet Laureate, and winner of Pulitzer, Wallace Stevens, and MacArthur awards, whose "shrug of bemused puzzlement before life's anomalies" employs images of complexity, humor, and strangeness. Born in Serbia, he possesses a very American language and sensibility. We'll consider 12 to 15 poems, with time to consider other Simic poems that resonate with or are suggested by members of the study group. Analysis will be personal and as technical as we can manage. Ability to download scanned and email-attached content will be useful; printed-out copies can be made available for those who need them.

Class Type: Reading and Discussion

Class Format: Online

Hours of Reading: Less than 1 hour/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Richard Palmer

Richard R. Palmer is a retired psychiatrist capable of "a shrug of bemused puzzlement before life's anomalies." He was not an English major. He has led many OLLI study groups.