Product Description "A collection of 300 poems from writers around the world, selected and edited by Nobel laureate Czeslaw MiloszÂ Czes?aw Mi?osz's A Book of Luminous Thingsâhis personal selection of poems from the past and presentâis 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. Mi?osz provides a preface to each of these poems, divided into thematic (and often beguiling) sections, such as âTravel,â âHistory,â and âThe Secret of a Thing,â that make the reading as instructional as it is inspirational and remind us how powerfully poetry can touch our minds and hearts. " About the Author Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004) was born in Lithuania. During the Second World War he was active in the Resistance in Poland and later served in the Polish diplomatic corps. A poet, translator, essayist and novelist, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980.