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Kabir Ecstatic Poems

ISBN-10: 0807063800
ISBN-13: 9780807063804
Edition: 2nd 2007
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 4/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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 Kabirs immense importance to the contemporary reader and praises Blys 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 [Blys Kabir] often." -Paul Carroll, American Poetry Review "Kabirs 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).

Robert Bly lives on a farm in his native state of Minnesota. He edited The Seventies magazine, which he founded as The Fifties and in the next decade called The Sixties. In 1966, with David Ray, he organized American Writers Against the Vietnam War. The Light Around the Body, which won the National Book Award in 1968, was strongly critical of the war in Vietnam and of American foreign policy. Since publication of Iron John: A Book About Men (1990), a response to the women's movement, Bly has been immensely popular, appearing on talk shows and advising men to retrieve their primitive masculinity through wildness. Bly is also a translator of Scandinavian literature, such as Twenty Poems of Tomas Transtromer. Through the Sixties Press and the Seventies Press, he introduced little-known European and South American poets to American readers. His magazines have been the center of a poetic movement involving the poets Donald Hall, Louis Simpson, and James Wright.

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