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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.
“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