A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry

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Czesław Miłosz
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1996 - 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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This is one of the best anthologies ever assembled! When my brother was dying, he kept only three of his books and gave the rest away. This was one of the three on his bedside table. Read full review

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Nobel laureate Milosz states in his introduction that the purpose of this personal and eclectic collection is to present poetry that is "short, clear, readable, and...realistic, that is, loyal toward ... Read full review

Contents

H Lawrence Maximus
5
David wagoner
13
Adam Zagajewski Moths
19
Robert Francis Waxwings
25
Galway Kinnell Daybreak
35
Wislawa Szymborska Seen from Above
41
Anna Swir The Sea and the Man
47
Walt Whitman Am the Poet
53
Wang Wei Song about Xi Shi
179
Walt Whitman From I Sing the Body Electric
185
Wang Chien The New Wife
192
W S Merwin Utterance
198
Anna Swir Wash the Shirt
204
Walt Whitman A Noiseless Patient Spider
210
Chu Shu Chen Morning
216
Linda Gregg Adult
221

Robinson Jeffers Boats in Fog
60
William Carlos Williams The Red Wheelbarrow
66
Denise Levertov Witness
72
Blaise Cendrars Aleutian Islands
79
Po Ancient Air
84
Chang Yanghao Recalling the Past at T ung Pass
91
Bronislaw Maj Seen Fleetingly from a Trai n
97
Jaan Kaplinski We started home my son and I
103
Wang Chien The South
109
Joseph Brodsky In the Lake District
115
Elizabeth Bishop Brazil January 1 1502
121
Linda Gregg Night Music
127
Walt Whitman Cavalry Crossing a Ford
141
Tomas Transtromer Tracks
154
Jaan Kaplinski My Wife and Children
167
Wayne Dodd Of Rain and Air
173
Steve Kowit What Chord Did She Pluck
227
Anna Swir Talk to My Body
233
Tu Fu Dejeuner stir THerbe
241
Wayne Dodd Of His Life
247
Lawrence Raab The Sudden Appearance of a Monster at a Window
254
Raymond Carver The Cobweb
265
Jelaluddin Rumi Little by little wean yourself
271
Po The Birds Have Vanished
277
Tu Fu Visitors
283
Southern Bushmen The Day We Die
289
Leopold Staff Foundations
295
Zbigniew Herbert Elegy of Fortinbras
301
Constantine Cavafy Waiting for the Barbarians
307
H Lawrence Butterfly 31
310
Index of Authors
315
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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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