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Title:
The Enlightened heart : an anthology of sacred poetry
Author:
Mitchell, Stephen, 1943-
Publication Information:
New York : Harper & Row, 1989.
Physical Description:
169 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780060162085
Format :
Book

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This refreshing collection is a sampler of mystical poetry from the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and Muslim traditions. A chronological order--e.g., Bunan follows George Herbert--reinforces the theme of unity. Whitman writes, ``In the faces of men and women I see God''; Kabir finds ``Inside this jar the music of eternity''; Blake sees ``a World in a Grain of Sand.'' Some delights: Mechtild of Magdeburg translated by poet Jane Hirschfield; Chuang-Tzu's ``Cutting Up an Ox'' translated by Thomas Merton; Rumi's ``One half of the planet is grass./ The other half grazing.'' A disappointment: weak translations of the Psalms. Some poets professing no religion are included, leading one to reflect on the universal nature of ``sacred'' poetry as distinguished from more parochial ``religious'' verse.-- Kathleen Norris, Lemmon P.L., S.D. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.