Bewildered: Love Poems from Translation of Desires

Bewildered: Love Poems from Translation of Desires


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Poetry. Middle Eastern Studies. Translated from the Arabic by Michael Sells. BEWILDERED contains new translations of Ibn al-'Arab? Tarjuman poems in modern poetic English. The translator of a highly praised volume of pre-Islamic qasidas, Desert Tracings, and STATIONS OF DESIRE, the first renderings of Ibn al-'Arab? Tarjuman, Michael A. Sells carries into his translations the supple, resonant quality of the original Arabic, so that the poems come to life in English.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933959375
Publisher: The Post-Apollo Press / Litmus Press
Publication date: 08/31/2018
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Muhyiddin Ibn al-'Arabī was born in Murcia, Andalusia, in 1165 and died in Damascus in 1240. He is the author of more than two hundred works.

Michael Sells is a professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. He is an authority on Ibn al-'Arabī as well as one of the most distinguished contemporary translators of classical Arabic poetry. His books include: Desert Tracings: Six Classic Arabian Odes (Wesleyan); Mystical Languages of Unsaying (Chicago); Early Islamic Mysticism (Paulist Press); The Bridge Betrayed: Religion and Genocide in Bosnia (California); Approaching the Qur'an (White Cloud); and The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature: Andalus (Cambridge). He is currently working on a complete bilingual edition and translation of Ibn al-'Arabī's Tarjuman al-Ashwaq.

Table of Contents


1 Bewildered 1

2 Absinthe and Moringa 6

3 In Gowns of Darkness 7

4 In Memory of Those Who Melt the Soul Forever 8

5 Winding Like Snakes 9

6 Gentle Now Doves 11

9 Gazelles Who Show You the Sun 12

10 Grief Between 13

12 The Tombs of those Who Loved Them 19

13 In a Bad Way 20

19 Blacksilver 22

21 Blaze 23

23 Stay Now 24

25 Dead on the Trail 31

27 Leptadenia 32

28 Drowning Eyes 33

29 Tamarisk 36

30 Come Down to the Waters 37

31 Day Falls Night 39

32 My Only Guide 41

34 Where Gone 45

35 Hail Lightning 46

37 The Turning 47

38 Braveheart 48

40 In the Ruined Lodges of My Body is a Garden 49

41 Nightwalker 51

42 No Cure 55

43 Red Rise 57

44 I Came to Know 59

45 Absinth: Kátam, and Arâr 60

46 Tigris Song 61



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