The World Doesn't End by Charles Simic - Numbered Edition


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By turns funny and poignant, whimsical and down-to-earth, The World Doesn’t End by Charles Simic is a Pulitzer Prize winning collection by a poet at the height of his powers. Simic masterfully constructs bizarre, unpredictable, and captivating visions in lyrical sentences that pile one incongruous turn upon another, building images that are full of surprise. Much like the river in one poem which flows backward, the power of Simic’s inner world derives from turning logic on its head and taking a look from another direction.

Upon its release in 1989, The World Doesn’t End was lauded by critics and colleagues. Publisher’s Weekly raved, “A master of the absurd and the unexpected, Simic presents a collection of prose poems that will not fail to amuse and delight.” The Washington Post called it, “A beautifully designed box of verbal fireworks… a seamless fusion of wild jazz and delicate, moonstruck, European chamber music. Young poets everywhere should read it attentively.”

The signed limited edition of The World Doesn't End by Charles Simic is presented in two states: Lettered and Numbered editions. 


  • 6” x 9” trim size.
  • 77 Pages.
  • Limited to 150 copies.
  • Full Japanese cloth binding.
  • Leather foil stamped spine label.
  • Four full color images by Wendy Mark.
  • Signed by Charles Simic and Wendy Mark.
  • Printed letterpress with two color throughout on Teton.
  • Endsheets are Hahnemühle Bugra.
  • Housed in a Japanese cloth covered slipcase.

Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Artwork © 2019 by Wendy Mark.


Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
The World Doesn't End

Clean, beautiful, well-constructed book. I know it sounds odd, but the book fits the slipcase better than any other book I have bought. It's pretty awesome. Look forward to purchasing more from this book artist/printer.


Another beautiful book from Suntup Press. Everything from the paper to the typeface to the cloth used in the binding and the slipcase work so wonderfully together, and perfectly complement the poetry and artwork.


A lovely letterpress edition from Suntup!

Gorgeous book as always

The book is beautiful and well constructed. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Suntup!

Beauty is page deep.

Along the way I unravel and collect the words that spool around me, building me, a me for tomorrow and future unravellings. The words slam against my resistant brain, mind clogged with the residue of regret and that most profane SHOULD. Something is dislodged and struggling to breathe air for the first breath. It flutters against the page seeking sustenance.

This book cures. It is among the most elegant of Suntup's productions and I'm lucky to own a copy.

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