The Bay area had a literary giant in its midst for many years. For the most part, he was unrecognized and unknown — despite winning the Nobel Prize. Czeslaw Milosz’s work probably resonated more naturally in his home countries of Poland and Lithuania, but there was plenty there for the rest of us. His book Visions of San Francisco Bay speaks to us directly. Earlier this year (April/2006), a gathering was held at the Main Library to remember Milosz and his time with us here in the Bay area. This flood of thoughts about Milosz was triggered by a new book, “Czeslaw Milosz: Conversations.” I can easily imagine myself engaged in conversation with Milosz for the rest of my life.
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