Synopses & Reviews
"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. "
Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz selects and introduces 300 of his favorite poems in this “magnificent collection” that ranges “widely across time and continents, from eighth century China to contemporary americanca” (San Francisco Chronicle).
For A Book of Luminous Things, Czeslaw Milosz has chosen 300 of the finest poems written through the ages and around the world -- poems memorable for their language, their imagery, and their ability to move the reader. A testament to the stunning varieties of human experience, this unique international collection is both instructional and inspirational, and reminds us of the importance of poetry to our minds and souls.
Included in this volume are such poets as Elizabeth Bishop, Wislawa Szymborska, Rumi, Tu Fu, Anna Swir, Wang Wei, Jean Follain, Raymond Carver, Aleksander Wat, May Swenson, Walt Whitman, Blaise Cendrars, James Tare, Constantine Cavafy, Sharon Olds, an anonymous Inuit poet, and a group of Yoruba tribesmen, among many others.