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
"A collection of 300 poems from writers around the world, selected and edited by Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz
Czesław Miłosz'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. Miłosz 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.