Southern Road: Poems

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Beacon Press, 1974 - Poetry - 135 pages
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From poets Robert Bly and Jane Hirshfield, English versions of impassioned poems by Mirabai, the beloved Indian poet-saint  Mirabai is a literary and spiritual figure of legendary proportions. Born a princess in the region of Rajasthan in 1498, Mira (as she is more commonly known) eschewed the marriage her royal family had arranged for her, celebrating instead her right to independence and intense devotion to Krishna in both her life and poetry. In this collection, Robert Bly and Jane Hirshfield, two of America’s best poets, have created lively English versions of Mirabai’s poems, using fresh images and energetic rhythms to make them accessible to modern readers.
 

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Mirabai is no less an important poet than Kabir, Rumi or Hafiz. This is a book of ecstatic poems to her Lover Krishna. Friend, listen: this love doesn't come or go. One sip from the cup of that ... Read full review

Contents

ODYSSEY OF BIG BOY
5
WHEN DE SAINTS GO MATCHING HOME
12
DARK OF THE MOON
19
RUMINATIONS OF LUKE JOHNSON
25
JOHNNY THOMAS
32
TO SALLIE WALKING
39
MISTER SAMUEL AND SAM
44
STRONG MEN
51
MEMPHIS BLUES
59
OLD KING COTTON
65
FORECLOSURE
73
AFTER WINTER
79
SLIM LANDS A JOB?
86
CONVICT
93
RIVERBANK BLUES
99
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About the author (1974)

Robert Bly is the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller Iron John, which launched the men's movement to national fame, as well as several collections of original poetry, most recently,The Night Abraham Called to the Stars: Poems. He has translated numerous poets into English, including Kabir, Pablo Neruda, Cesar Vallejo, Juan Ramon Jimenez, and Frederico Garcia Lorca. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Jane Hirshfield is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently After. In 2004, she was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets. She is also editor and co-translator of two now-classic collections of women's poetry from the past, The Ink Dark Moon: Poems by Komachi and Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan and Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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