Simon Perchik

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Simon Perchik (born December 24, 1923, Paterson, New Jersey[1]) is an American poet with published work dating from the 1960s. Perchik worked as an attorney before his retirement in 1980. Educated at New York University, Perchik now resides in East Hampton, New York. Library Journal has referred to Perchik as "the most widely published unknown poet in America... (November 15, 2000)" Best known for his highly personal, non-narrative style of poetry, Perchik's work has appeared in over 20 books, websites including, and numerous print magazines, including The New Yorker, Partisan Review, Poetry (magazine), The Nation, North American Review, Weave Magazine, Beloit, and CLUTCH (magazine).

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • "Bomber's Moon" (1949, Self-published, written on a rented typewriter and printed on a rented mimeograph machine)
  • "I Counted Only April" (1964, The Elizabeth Press)
  • "Twenty Years of Hands" (1966, The Elizabeth Press)
  • "Which Hand Holds The Brother" (1969, The Elizabeth Press)
  • "Hands You Are Secretly Wearing" (1972, The Elizabeth Press)
  • "Both Hands Screaming" (1975, The Elizabeth Press)
  • "The Club Fits Either Hand" (1979, The Elizabeth Press)
  • "Mr Lucky" (1984, Shearsman Books)
  • "The Snowcat Poems 1980-81, To the Photographs of Robert Frank" (1984, Linwood Publishers)
  • "Who Can Touch These Knots: New and Selected Poems" (1985, The Scarecrow Press)
  • "The Gandolf Poems" (1988, White Pine Press)
  • "Redeeming The Wings" (1991, Dusty Dog Press)
  • "Birthmark" (1992, Flockophobic Press)
  • "The Emptiness Between My Hands" (1993, Dusty Dog Press)
  • "Letters to the Dead" (1993, St. Andrews College Press)
  • "*" ("Shearsman 19") (1994, Shearsman Books)
  • "These Hands Filled With Numbness" (1996, Dusty Dog Press)
  • "Hands Collected 1949-1999" (2000, Pavement Saw Press) (Second Edition, 2003)
  • "Touching the Headstone" (2000, Stride Publications)
  • "The Autochthon Poems" (2001, Split/Shift)
  • "Rafts" (2007, Parsifal Editions)
  • "Almost Rain" (2013, River Otter Press)


  1. ^ Perchik, Simon (2000). Hands collected: the books of Simon Perchik : poems, 1949-1999. Pavement Saw Press. ISBN 1886350868. 

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