By Czeslaw Milosz
"A number of three hundred poems from writers all over the world, chosen and edited via Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz Czesław Miłosz's A e-book of Luminous Things—his own number of poems from the prior and present—is a testomony to the lovely sorts of human event, provided up in order that we might even see the myriad ways in which adventure should be shared in phrases and photographs. Miłosz presents a preface to every of those poems, divided into thematic (and frequently beguiling) sections, akin to “Travel,” “History,” and “The mystery of a Thing,” that make the studying as educational because it is inspirational and remind us how powerfully poetry can contact our minds and hearts. "
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With the crash and sweep of Debussy’s “La Mer” flooding over the Lacrima’s speaker system on a loop, Eliana drifts in the arms of morphia, its hot bloom in her stomach and her bowels a balm to wounds that refuse to heal. Slumped, opiate-riddled in the grimy bucket seat of her not-quite-several-hundred-feet-long, decaying shuttle, cobbled together from the skeletal hulks of still-older wrecks, she dreams the face of her dead son. She sprawls, tethered by fraying straps, in her pilot’s seat; enclosed in a full pressure suit of black metal and antiseptic cloth resembling nothing so much as a shroud.
Radiative heat boils off the stellar entity, its external membrane burning a bright, pulsing red. Eliana forces her eyes to stay open as her retinas burn with the brightness of her son’s awesome new form. A swell of pride blooms up within her. His new body will not succumb to the ravages of disease, nor age, nor infirmity. Here, in the limitless black of space, he will live, undying. For a moment, the tentacled stellar creature swells, drinking in the ambient radioactive energy of the deep black around it.
As he claimed the Carcosan throne, the shoggoth hed planting the black, coral tomb in place and sealed it with an Elder Sign. A fraction of the human thing, a facet that had once been Ouest, mourned the loss of Cthylla, but took comfort in the eternal, frozen tableau of the King in Yellow clawing at the inside of the sepulchre, his crown still ensconced on his brow. And as the Black Pharaoh, the human singular, took his place amongst the god-things of the cosmos, the Yellow Sines fell and the dreaming, five-fold consciousnesses hidden in the wastes of Earth finally woke.