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A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry

by Czesław Miłosz (Editor)

Other authors: Judah al-Harizi (Contributor), James Applewhite (Contributor), Aloysius Bertrand (Contributor), Miron Białoszewski (Contributor), Elizabeth Bishop (Contributor)102 more, William Blake (Contributor), Joseph Brodsky (Contributor), Raymond Carver (Contributor), Constantine Cavafy (Contributor), Blaise Cendrars (Contributor), Ch'ang Yu (Contributor), Ch'in Kuan (Contributor), Chang Chi (Contributor), Chang Yang-hao (Contributor), Chu Shu Chen (Contributor), Chuang Tzu (Contributor), Robert Creeley (Contributor), Carlos Drummond de Andrade (Contributor), Emily Dickinson (Contributor), Wayne Dodd (Contributor), Gunnar Ekelöf (Contributor), Emperor Chien-wen of Liang (Contributor), Edward Field (Contributor), Jean Follain (Contributor), Robert Francis (Contributor), Robert Frost (Contributor), Allen Ginsberg (Contributor), Linda Gregg (Contributor), Eamon Grennan (Contributor), Jorge Guillén (Contributor), John Haines (Contributor), Julia Hartwig (Contributor), Robert Hass (Contributor), Seamus Heaney (Contributor), Zbigniew Herbert (Contributor), Jane Hirshfield (Contributor), Moushegh Ishkhan (Contributor), Issa (Contributor), Rolf Jacobsen (Contributor), Robinson Jeffers (Contributor), Anna Kamieńska (Contributor), Jaan Kaplinski (Contributor), Kikaku (Contributor), Galway Kinnell (Contributor), David Kirby (Contributor), Ted Kooser (Contributor), Steve Kowit (Contributor), Ryszard Krynicki (Contributor), Joanne Kyger (Contributor), Valery Larbaud (Contributor), Philip Larkin (Contributor), DH Lawrence (Contributor), Naomi Lazard (Contributor), Li-Young Lee (Contributor), Denise Levertov (Contributor), Philip Levine (Contributor), Li Ching-chao (Contributor), Li Po (Contributor), Liu Tsung-Yuan (Contributor), Antonio Machado (Contributor), Zbigniew Machej (Contributor), Mai Yao Ch'en (Contributor), Bronislaw Maj (Contributor), Thomas Merton (Contributor), WS Merwin (Contributor), Oscar Milosz (Contributor), Robert Morgan (Contributor), Nachman of Breslov (Contributor), Leonard Nathan (Contributor), Sharon Olds (Contributor), Mary Oliver (Contributor), Ouyang Xiu (Contributor), Po Chu-I (Contributor), Francis Ponge (Contributor), Lawrence Raab (Contributor), Kenneth Rexroth (Contributor), Rainer Maria Rilke (Contributor), Theodore Roethke (Contributor), Tadeusz Rozewicz (Contributor), Rumi (Contributor), Shu Ting (Contributor), Charles Simic (Contributor), Louis Simpson (Contributor), Gary Snyder (Contributor), Muso Soseki (Contributor), Leopold Staff (Contributor), William Stafford (Contributor), Wallace Stevens (Contributor), Su Man Shu (Contributor), Su Tungpo (Contributor), May Swenson (Contributor), Anna Swir (Contributor), Wislawa Szymborska (Contributor), James Tate (Contributor), Tomas Tranströmer (Contributor), Tu Fu (Contributor), David Wagoner (Contributor), Wang Chien (Contributor), Wang Wei (Contributor), Aleksander Wat (Contributor), Sandor Weores (Contributor), Walt Whitman (Contributor), William Carlos Williams (Contributor), Keith Wilson (Contributor), Franz Wright (Contributor), Adam Zagajewski (Contributor), Al Zolynas (Contributor)

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Again and again. One of my favorite anthologies. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
A wonderful collection of poetry. Some of it shimmers... ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Academic-style poetry anthologies contain all the important poems ever written. Ever. They make good reference books but aren't great for general reading. Conversely, Milosz said he selected poems for this anthology that are "short, clear, readable...they undermine the widely held opinion that poetry is a misty domain eluding understanding." He skipped the "intellectual," "scholarly," and "important" labels and picked poems that speak to him personally. As a result, the reader doesn't feel burdened to read or obligated to uncover some hidden meaning. This book is accessible without being facile.

The section themes, like "Nature," "Epiphany," and "People Among People," along with their short descriptions, add to the reading experience without being overbearing. The selections are diverse, ranging from 11th Century Chinese poets to Alan Ginsberg and from anonymous Eskimos to Walt Whitman. You'll re-read classics in a new light and stumble across some new favorites. Whether you're a poetry scholar or were scarred by high school English class, the 300 poems are a joy to read. Luminous Things is a great book to keep on your nightstand or desk, where you can flip through it and read a poem at random. ( )
2 vote ellahill | Oct 25, 2012 |
This is a marvelous anthology of poetry with selections that engage the reader with joy and wonder. It is very much an international collection of poetry. If you are familiar with European and American poetry there will be some familiar names, but many poets who are not familiar; though no less beautiful in their poetic offerings. Whether the poets are Chinese, Japanese, Persian or African, you can be sure the poems will fill you with wonder. The poems are grouped in sections by topics, including: "Epiphany", "Nature", "The secret of a Thing", "Travel and Places", "The Moment", "People Among People", and more. No wonder that the editor is Czeslaw Milosz who uses his own genius to guide the reader. In his introductory essay he reminds readers of the importance of poetry and then selects poetry that helps each of us understand what he meant by that. ( )
  jwhenderson | Dec 26, 2010 |
A truly international collection, this book contains wonderful, accessible poems with an emphasis on excellent poets that aren't household names, although many of my favorite 20th century poets represented. Walt Whitman is also well represented and I'm reminded that I must really reread LEAVES OF GRASS soon. I was especially pleased with so many entries from ancient Asian (especially Chinese) poets, an area with which I am not as familiar.

The poems are grouped by categories such as People, Places, Travel, etc. and Milosz has an introductory comment on most of them. I preferred to read the poem before I read the comment so I could compare my reaction to his. Now that I have read the entire collection, I would like to have 2 copies--one for my guest room bookshelf and one to keep in my night table when I want to find something soothing and lovely to read before falling asleep. ( )
  MusicMom41 | May 9, 2008 |
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"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. "

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A collection of the world's greatest poetry from the past two thousand years brings together five hundred works by more than two hundred poets, along with commentary by the editor.

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