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A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry

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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 ...

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Overview

"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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Minneapolis Star Tribune
One of the best general poetry anthologies to come along in years.
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The Nobel winner has given us a rare and precious resource, a personal anthology of poems from all over the world...a compilation of the luminous things that poetry can be.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156005746
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 171,655
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    a must-have for poets and poetry lovers

    Czeslaw Milosz brings a clear ear and a fine intelligence to the selection of poems in this remarkable anthology. In a culture where people are more apt to buy a collection assembled by a radio personality and called "Good Poems" than the works of individual poets, here at least is an anthology that could be called (if one wanted to trivialize it) "Great Poems." I have purchased a number of copies of this book over the last decade, to give as gifts, and it never disappoints. Here's a collection that ranges through centuries and across continents and always holds new discoveries every time I read it. I am a sucker for the word "luminous," I must admit, but here's a work that earns that word in its title.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    fantastique!!!!!

    I truly enjoyed this collection of poetry. As a fervent lover of minimalist, minituarist poetry, and as a poet striving to achieve it, the anthology delights me with so many luminous things that come from anything but life itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 1999

    This book is Awesome

    I think that this book of poems, is an awesome collection and there should be more like this in the future, I am a 'Dark' poet, a gothic poet.. so, some of these poems are really cool, i think that there should be more of it...

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