Thank you to Amy Ludwig VanDerwater of The Poem Farm for hosting this week.
Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems (Amazon | Book Depository)
Poetry by: Mirabai Versions by Robert Bly and Jane Hirshfield Afterword by John Stratton Hawley
Published by Beacon Press (2004)
ISBN: 080706386X (ISBN13: 9780807063866). Bought a copy of the book. Book photos taken by me and edited using an iPhone app.
Last week, I shared two of Mirabai’s poetry which I read while my family and I were staycationing at Ras Al Khaimah here at the United Arab Emirates. This week, I am sharing two more poems that speak quite strongly of Mira’s love to Krishna.
It is worth noting as well that the translated poems are called versions of Bly and Hirshfield because they are not literal translations. Both poets have taken liberties with the original poems to make them more accessible to an international audience. John Stratton Hawley explained it in this manner:
Translating for a world that doesn’t command that sort of ease with images, Bly and Hirshfield have paved a new road. It involves some innovation, no doubt, and readers who wonder what it took to create such bypasses will have to compare these versions with other, more literal translations. But the result, I would argue, is faithful to the way that Mira has very often been understood in India itself: totally in love, utterly devoted, single-minded in her speech, simple in tone, straighter than straight.
There is something about plain-spoken poetry that speaks to me so, as I hope it does to you too. Which of the poems here resonated with you most?
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