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.
About the Author
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.
We are so fortunate that two magnificent poets have been drawn to Mirabai's music. Like two twining flutes, Robert Bly and Jane Hirshfield ignite these subtle, surrendered-heart notes.—Coleman Barks, author of The Drowned Book and The Essential Rumi