To Touch the Sky: Poems of Mystical, Spiritual and Metaphysical Light

To Touch the Sky: Poems of Mystical, Spiritual and Metaphysical Light

by Willis Barnstone
     
 

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To Touch the Sky contains Willis Barnstone's translations of some of the most inspiring writing of world literature: ten mystical and spiritual poets spanning three thousand years.Included areThe Song of SongsPoems (Sappho)The Cosmic Fragments (Herakleitos)Saying Poems (Yeshua the Messiah)Apocalypse (John of Patmos)Taoist and Buddhist Poems (Wang

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To Touch the Sky contains Willis Barnstone's translations of some of the most inspiring writing of world literature: ten mystical and spiritual poets spanning three thousand years.Included areThe Song of SongsPoems (Sappho)The Cosmic Fragments (Herakleitos)Saying Poems (Yeshua the Messiah)Apocalypse (John of Patmos)Taoist and Buddhist Poems (Wang Wei)Allegorical Bestiary (Bishop Theobaldus)Mystical Poems (Mira Bai)Mystical Poems (St. John of the Cross)Sonnets to Orpheus (Rainer Maria Rilke)The poetry included here spans three thousand years and contains some of the most profound and inspiring writing of world literature: some following the way of fantastic realism while some is mysto-erotic. As Barnstone says: "[I]n the instance of our authors, the unsayable has been refashioned into the precision of poetry."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811213967
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
02/17/1999
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Gerald Stern
[Barnstone illuminates the spirt for us and he clarifies the unclarifiable?I think he does it by beating his wings.
Carolyn Kizer
Everything [Barnstone] writes..is a breathtaking achievement.

Meet the Author

Willis Barnstone is a poet, translator, and religious scholar. Author of The Gnostic Bible, Cafè de l’Aube à Paris (French), and The Restored New Testament, he is a distinguished professor emeritus of comparative literature and biblical studies at Indiana University.

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