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Charles Simic 『New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012』

Charles Simic 
『New and Selected Poems:
1962-2012』


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, New York, 2013
22pp+355pp, 23.6x16cm, hardcover, dust jacket



チャールズ・シミックが好きなので、初期の詩をまとめて読める本がないかとアマゾンで探していたら、初期作品から最新詩集までを対象とした詩選集に新作16篇を追加収録した本書(洋書)が出版されていました。紙装ハードカバーの大きいけれど軽い本です。
約400篇の詩が収められています。そのうち数十篇には改訂が施され、表題が変更されたものもあるようです。序文やあとがきなどはありません。
今年出たばかりの本ですが、新品がアマゾン特価で618円(定価は30ドル)でした。


simic - new and selected poems


Contents:

from Selected Early Poems
 Butcher Shop
 Cockroach
 Tapestry
 Evening
 The Inner Man
 Fear
 Summer Morning
 Dismantling the Silence
 Bestiary for the Fingers of My Right Hand
 Fork
 Spoon
 Knife
 My Shoes
 Stone
 Poem Without a Title
 Concerning My Neighbors, the Hittites
 Invention of Nothing
 errata
 The Bird
 Two Riddles
 Brooms
 Watermelons
 The Place
 Breasts
 Charles Simic
 Solitude
 The Chicken Without a Head
 White
 What the White Had to Say
 The Partial Explanation
 The Lesson
 A Landscape with Crutches
 Help Wanted
 Animal Acts
 Charon's Cosmology
 The Balld of the Wheel
 A Wall
 The Terms
 Eyes Fastened with Pins
 The Prisoner
 Empire of Dreams
 Prodigy
 Baby Pictures of Famous Dictators
 Shirt
 Begotten of the Spleen
 Toy Factory
 The Little Tear Gland That Says
 The Stream
 Furniture Mover
 Elegy
 Notes Slipped Under a Door
 Grocery
 Classic Ballroom Dances
 Progress Report
 Winter Night
 The Cold
 Devotions
 Cold Blue Tinge
 The Writings of the Mystics
 Window Washer
 Gallows Etiquette
 In Midsummer Quiet
 Peaceful Trees
 My Beloved
 Hurricane Season
 Note
 History
 Strictly Bucolic
 Crows
 February
 Punch Minus Judy
 Austerities
 Eastern European Cooking
 My Weariness of Epic Proportions
 Madonnas Touched Up with Goatees
 Midpoint

from Unending Blues
 December
 Toward Nightfall
 Early Evening Algebra
 Ever So Tragic
 For the Sake of Amelia
 At the Night Court
 Dark Farmhouse
 Popular Mechanics
 The Fly
 Outside a Dirtroad Trailer
 Dear Helen
 Trees in the Open Country
 October Arriving
 Ancient Autumn
 Against Whatever It Is That's Encroaching
 First Frost
 Without a Sough of Wind

from The World Doesn't End
 My mother was...
 I was stolen...
 We were so poor...
  I am the last...
 "Everybody knows the...
 He held the Beast...
 It was the epoch...
 Ghost stories written...
 The city had fallen...
 The stone is...
 Lover of endless...
 The hundred-year-old...
 Margaret was copying...
 A poem about...
 "Tropical luxuriance..."
 Are Russian cannibals...
 My guardian angel...
 The old farmer...
 O witches, O poverty!...
 Once I knew...
 Thousands of old...
 A century of gathering...
 The time of minor...
 Lots of people...
 My father loved...
 Someone shuffles by...
 My Secret Identity Is

from The Book of Gods and Devils
 The Little Pins of Memory
 St. Thomas Aquinas
 A Letter
 Factory
 Shelley
 The Devils
 Crepuscule with Nellie
 Two Dogs
 Evening Talk
 The Betrothal
 Frightening Toys
 The Big War
 Death, the Philosopher
 First Thing in the Morning
 The White Room
 Winter Susnet
 The Pieces of the Clock Lie Scattered
 The Immortal
 At the Corner
 Cabbage
 The Initiate
 Paradise
 In the Library
 The Wail
 The Scarecrow
 Windy Evening

from Hotel Insomnia
 Evening Chess
 The City
 Stub of a Red Pencil
 The Prodigal
 Hotel Insomnia
 The Inanimate Object
 Outside Biaggi's Funeral Home
 The Tiger
 Clouds Gathering
 Folk Songs
 War
 A Book Full of Pictures
 Evening Walk
 Hotel Starry Sky
 To Think Clearly
 The Chair
 Missing Child
 Marina's Epic
 Lost Glove
 Romantic Sonnet
 Beauty
 My Quarrel with the Infinite
 The Old World
 Country Fair

from A Wedding in Hell
 Miracle Glass Co.
 Late Arrival
 Tattooed City
 Dream Avenue
 Haunted Mind
 Paradise Motel
 A Wedding in Hell
 The Dead in Photographs
 Madame Thebes
 Evening Visitor
 The Massacre of the Innocents
 Pascal's Idea
 The Clocks of the Dead
 Wanted Poster
 Explaining a Few Things
 The Supreme Moment
 Crazy About Her Shrimp
 Transport
 Love Flea
 What I Overheard
 Leaves
 Paper Dolls Cut Out of a Newspaper
 Reading History
 Psalm
 Empires
 Romantic Landscape
 Mystics
 Imported Novelties
 Via del Tritone
 Shaving
 Trailer Park
 The Tower
 The Secret

from Walking the Black Cat
 Mirrors at 4 A.M.
 Relaxing in a Madhouse
 Emily's Theme
 Cameo Appearance
 The Friends of Heraclits
 An Address with Exclamation Points
 What the Gypsies Told My Grandmother While She Was Still a Young Girl
 Little Unwritten Book
 Have You Met Miss Jones?
 Charm School
 Ghosts
 Cafe Paradiso
 At the Cookout
 Pastoral Harpsichord
 Entertaining the Canary
 Slaughterhouse Flies
 Blood Orange
 October Light
 Late Train
 Sunset's Coloring Book
 Club Midnight
 Late Call
 Against Winter
 The Emperor

from Jackstraws
 The Voice at 3 A.M.
 The Soul Has Many Brides
 The Common Insects of America
 De Occulta Philosophia
 Mother Tongue
 El libro de la sexualidad
 Mummy's Curse
 In the Street
 Filthy Landscape
 Prison Guards Silhouetted Against the Sky
 Jackstraws
 School for Visionaries
 Ambiguity's Wedding
 Ancient Divinities
 Obscurely Occupied
 Head of a Doll
 On the Meadow
 Empty Rocking Chair
 Three Photographs
 The Toy
 Talking to the Ceiling
 Mystic Life

from Night Picnic
 Past-Lives Therapy
 Couple at Coney island
 Unmade Beds
 Sunday Papers
 Cherry Blossom Time
 People Eating Lunch
 The One to Worry About
 The Improbable
 My Father Attributed Immortality to Waiters
 The Altar
 And Then I Think
 Views from a Train
 Icarus's Dog
 Book Lice
 Three Doors
 For the Very Soul of Me
 Car Graveyard
 Wooden Church
 In Praise of Worms
 The Lives of the Alchemists

from My Noiseless Entourage
 Description of a Lost Thing
 Self-Portrait in Bed
 To Dreams
 My Noiseless Entourage
 Used Clothing Store
 Voyage to Cytheara
 Used Book Store
 Battling Grays
 Sunlight
 Minds Roaming
 Talk Radio
 My Turn to Confess
 On the Farm
 Snowy Morning Blues
 To Fate
 Sweetest
 The Tragic Sense of Life
 In the Planetarium
 The Absentee Landlord
 My Wife Lifts a Finger to Her Lips
 Pigeons at Dawn

from That Little Something
 Walking
 That Little Something
 Night Clerk in a Roach Hotel
 Waiting for the Sun to Set
 House of Cards
 Aunt Dinah sailed to China
 To Laziness
 Listen
 Encyclopedia of Horror
 Dance of the Macabre Mice
 The Lights Are On Everywhere
 Memories of the Future
 In the Junk Store
 Madmen Are Running the World
 In the Afternoon
 Prophesy
 A Row of High Windows
 Secret History
 Wire Hangers
 Labor and Capital
 The Bather
 Eternities
 Eternity's Orphans

from Master of Disguises
 Master of Disguises
 Nineteen Thirty-eight
 Preachers Warn
 Old Man
 Nancy Jane
 Carrying On Life a Crow
 Driving Home
 Sightseeing in the Capital
 Daughters of Memory
 In That Big House
 Puppet Maker
 Summer Storm
 The Melon
 The Lovers
 The Empress
 The Toad
 Summer Light
 The Invisible

from The Voice at 3:00 A.M.
 Postcard from S.
 Empty Barbershop
 Grayheaded Schoolchildren
 Serving Time
 Autumn Sky
 Separate Truths
 Late September

New Poems
 I'm Charles
 Things Need Me
 One-Man Circus
 Lingering Ghosts
 Ventriloquist Convention
 The Future
 Softly
 The Starry Sky
 Solitude in Hotels
 In the Egyptian Wing of the Museum
 Grandpa's Spells
 Trouble Coming
 Nothing Else
 The Foundlings
 Strange Feast
 In a Dark House

Index of Titles and First Lines




◆鑑賞◆


「Charles Simic

Charles Simic is a sentence.
A sentence has a beginning and an end.

Is he a simple or compound sentence?
It depends on the weather,
It depends on the stars above.

What is the subject of the sentence?
The subject is your beloved Charles Simic.

How many verbs are there in the sentence?
Eating, sleeping, and fucking are some of its verbs.

What is the object of the sentence?
The object, my little ones,
Is not yet in sight.

And who is writing this awkward sentence?
A blackmailer, a girl in love,
And an applicant for a job.

Will they end with a period or a question mark?
They'll end with an exclamation point and an ink spot.」



「チャールズ・シミック

「チャールズ・シミック」は「文」です。
「文」には始まりと終りがあります。

「チャールズ・シミック」は単文(単純)か重文(複雑)か。
それは天候によります。
星の影響によります。

「チャールズ・シミック」の主語は何か。
主語は愛すべきチャールズ・シミック。

「チャールズ・シミック」には動詞がいくつあるか。
食べる、眠る、やる、などが主な動詞です。

「チャールズ・シミック」の目的語は何か。
目的はねえ、
まだみつからないのです。

「チャールズ・シミック」というぎこちない文を書くのは誰か。
恐喝者、恋する乙女、(他人の場合)
求職者。(本人の場合)

終止符で終らせるか疑問符で終らせるか。
びっくりマークとインク痕で終らせるでしょう。」


exclamation point 感嘆符
exclamation 叫び声。
人なら刺したら血がでるところですが、チャールズ・シミックは文なので出るのはインクです。


新作詩のセクションの冒頭には、「I'm Charles(われはチャールズ)」という、言語=舌(tongue)によって絞首台にぶらさげられて、噛み切った舌から出た血でじぶんの胸に文字を書くという、ことば地獄を描いたブラック・ユーモアな詩がありますが、これはフランソワ・ヴィヨンの詩(「われはフランソワ、残念也、無念也、/ポントワーズの返(ほとり)なる巴里の生れ/六尺五寸の荒縄に吊りさげられて/わが頸(くび)は臀(いさらい)の重みを知らむ」)のパロディです。



































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