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Kabir: Ecstatic Poemsby Robert Bly
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Originally published in 1976, with more than 75,000 copies in print, this collection of poems by fifteenth-century ecstatic poet Kabir is full of fun and full of thought. Columbia University professor of religion John Stratton Hawley has contributed an introduction that makes clear Kabir’s immense importance to the contemporary reader and praises Bly’s intuitive translations.
By making every reader consider anew their religious thinking, the poems of Kabir seem as relevant today as when they were first written.
“Robert Bly earns the thanks of us all. I, for one, will reread [Bly’s Kabir] often.” —Paul Carroll, American Poetry Review
“Kabir’s poems give off a marvelous radiant intensity that never fails . . . they have exactly the luminous depth that permits and invites many rereadings.” —Hayden Carruth, New York Times Book Review
“Without Bly, modern American poetry would be unrecognizable in its current form. Without his poems, his translations, and his devotion to poetry, American literature would have taken a different turn in its rich and influential history.” —Ray González, The Bloomsbury Review
Robert Bly has earned many honors for his original poems, which include The Winged Energy of Delight, and for his translations of twenty-two poets, including Kabir. He is the author of the bestseller Iron John, and with Jane Hirshfield has published a new translation of Mirabai (Beacon / 6386-6 / $16.00).
A thoroughly revised edition of the classic collection, with a new afterword by John Stratton Hawley and ten poems newly translated by Robert Bly.Originally published in 1976 and having sold more than 75,000 copies to date, Kabir is a classic. Now, we are proud to publish a revised, beautifully designed hardcover edition that includes 10 new translations.A weaver by trade but a poet-singer by calling, Kabir lived in fifteenth-century India. His philosophy incorporated the beliefs and practices of both Muslims and Hindus. Not only did Kabir influence these religious traditions, he was one of the major inspirations behind Sikhism as well.The power of Kabir's words come from his passion-and also from his humor. He is at once irreverent toward authority and amazed by divinity. He demands that readers live for themselves. In the tradition of ecstatic poetry, Kabir writes of bodily delights and of choices made by the heart, not the mind.Columbia University professor of religion John Stratton Hawley's new introduction places Kabir's work firmly into modern times, explaining the value of Bly's work with these poems. As our contemporary world struggles with political turmoil caused by religious beliefs, the poems of Kabir seem as relevant today as when they were first written.
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