I have read Milosz nearly my entire adult life. He's one of those writers whose work I read consistently, re-reading certain key books, holding certain poems in my memory.
|The Shanghai Public Library|
When my friend Sarah and her husband visited me in China, I asked them to bring me a copy of his New and Collected Poems which had just come out at the time, a huge tome that is heavy and unwieldy though, despite this, the book has been with me everywhere (from Paris to Hong Kong to Argentina) and I've read and re-read its poems many many times.
All this to say that on Sunday, when I saw the new issue of The Quarterly Conversation, the article there about Milosz's relationship with California (where he was a professor for many years) felt like the perfect coda for my weekend.
People who don't read books miss one of the truly great pleasures in life.