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A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry Paperback – April 1, 1998
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But never mind. After swallowing my national cultural pride, I admit that "A Book of Luminous Things" is my favorite anthology of poetry. By a wide margin. Milosz did not simply compile a "best of" collection; he created a very personal, intimate book. The poems collected in this anthology are as much about the joy of living as they are about the awareness that old age may bring. What they teach are attention to the particular and appreciation of the transitory. Milosz's proposition for the collection was to present poems, "whether contemporary or a thousand years old, that are, with few exceptions, short, clear, readable and, to use a compromised term, realist, that is, loyal toward reality and attempting to describe it as concisely as possible. Thus they undermine the widely held opinion that poetry is a misty domain eluding understanding."
Milosz titled the last chapter of his anthology "History.Read more ›
The selections are indeed eclectic and span the globe. They are loosely arranged by theme and my international students assure me that the translations are good and truly reflect the spirit of the originals.
I recommend this highly to people who love poetry and to those who think they might someday at least like it.
The selection of poems and commentary support a beautiful range of poems that are fresh & vital, brief & accessible. I can imagine this used to turn people on to poetry, as these poems always hit a nerve and are never obscure or bland. It is not comprehensive in a sense of poetic history, but it serves well as a collection for inspiration & meditation which will neither daunt the person new to poetry or insult the intellect of the scholar.
If a poem has ever changed your life...
If you write poetry...
If you read poetry...
If you want to write poetry...
If you are curious about how people think about things...
If you want to understand people better...
read this International Anthology of Poetry skillfully edited by Czeslaw Milosz.
While you may not feel connected to every poet, you are sure to discover poets and poetic thoughts that make you feel understood, perhaps for the first time.
Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!
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Such a beautiful collection. I gave it to my boyfriend as a Christmas present, even though it had been on my wish list for over a year. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kim Bragg
This is a nice anthology by the acclaimed poet. It's really different from other anthologies I've looked at lately, as he's not so concerned with canon, but includes many poets who... Read morePublished 5 months ago by true
Honestly, some really are luminous. My ideas are a little different than his, but a good choice.Published 5 months ago by Redhorses
Looks great. Love it. Great inspiring poem in it. About nature and so many other things. If you are looking for a book to help inspire you to write your own poem. Read morePublished 8 months ago by princess
This is full of beautiful poems from long ago and recently written. They moved me. I recommend this to the Readers of good literature. You will not be disappointed.Published 9 months ago by Paulette Elidrissi
Ordered this book for my poetry class. We do close reading of the poems and it is a joy to come to the weekly class and discover new gems. Read morePublished 9 months ago by evaline
Editor Milosz sums up the collection with these sentences from his introduction: "I rejected in advance the idea of doing justice to the canon of today's American and World... Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Topic