A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry (Paperback)

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Milosz writes in the introduction that his selections are "short, clear, readable, and, to use a compromised term, realist," making this a great collection for beginning to practiced poetry readers. I most love his introductions to sections like "Nature", "Travel", and "Non-attachment" and to the poems themselves. His comments elucidate the work and add charm with a friendly, knowledgeable, honest voice. — Carol Graser


Selected by Nobel poet laureate Czeslaw Milosz, an inspiring collection of 300 poems from writers around the world.

Czeslaw Milosz's A Book of Luminous Things??—??his personal selection of poems from the past and present??—??is a testament to the stunning varieties of human experience, offered up so that we may see the myriad ways that experience can be shared in words and images. Milosz provides a preface to each of these poems, divided into thematic (and often beguiling) sections, such as “Travel,” “History,” and “The Secret of a Thing,” that make the reading as instructional as it is inspirational and remind us how powerfully poetry can touch our minds and hearts.

About the Author

Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004) was born in Lithuania. During the Second World War he was active in the Resistance in Poland and later served in the Polish diplomatic corps. A poet, translator, essayist and novelist, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156005746
ISBN-10: 0156005743
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 1998
Pages: 352
Language: English