A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry

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Czesław Miłosz
Harcourt Brace & Company, 1998 - Poetry - 320 pages
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For A Book of Luminous Things Nobel laureate poet Czeslaw Milosz has selected 300 of the world's greatest poems written throughout the ages, poems memorable for how they render the realities of the world palpable and immediate. They are organized under eleven headings - including "Epiphany, " "Nature, " "The Secret of a Thing, " "Travel, " "Places, " and "The Moment." In addition to his introduction, Milosz contributes brief, penetrating commentary on each poet. Among the poets included are Elizabeth Bishop William Blake, Joseph Brodsky, Constantinos Cavafy, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, Linda Gregg, Seamus Heaney, Zbigniew Herbert, Jane Hirshfield, Robinson Jeffers, D. H. Lawrence, Denise Levertov, Philip Levine, Li Po, Antonio Machado, Thomas Merton, W. S. Merwin, Sharon Olds, Mary Oliver, Po Chu-I, Rainer Maria Rilke, Theodore Roethke, Charles Simic, Gary Snyder, Wallace Stevens, May Swenson, Anna Swir, Wislawa Szymborska, Tu Fu, Wang Wei, Walt Whitman, and William Carlos Williams.

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Review: A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

A collection of "international" poetry, so much is in translation. Many fine classical Chinese poems. I don't know where the publisher got the paper that this is printed on, it reminds me of the old ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gwern - Goodreads

A fairly mediocre collection, with many cliched inclusions and far too many Polish or Chinese selections; Milosz's prefaces shed little light. Read full review

About the author (1998)

Czeslaw Milosz is the recipient of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature. His most recent publications are Striving Towards Being: The Letters of Thomas Merton and Czeslaw Milosz (FSG, 1997) and Road-side Dog (FSG, 1998). He lives in Berkeley, California.

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