[Reading] ➷ Love and the Turning Seasons By Andrew Schelling – Ivogue.co.uk

Love and the Turning Seasons For Thousands Of Years, The Indian Subcontinent Has Proved A Fertile Ground For The World S Most Captivating Erotic Love Poetry, And The Genius Of Its Devotional Writing Harnesses Great Energy And Mystical Insight It Is In Fact Often Hard To Tell Whether The Poets Are Offering Poems Of Spiritual Longing Using The Garment Of Love Poetry Or Writing Erotic Pieces In The Guise Of Devotion Perhaps, In A Land Where Erotic Sculpture Routinely Ornaments Its Many Temples And Gods Are Known For Their Explosive Sexuality, This Question Has Little Meaning To These Remarkable Writers In Their Devotional Traditions, Eroticism And Mysticism Seem Inseparable.This Wonderful Collection Spans 2,500 Years, And Includes Work Originally Sung Or Recited By India S Well Known Bards Kabir, Mirabai, Lal Ded, Vidyapati, And Tagore There Are Also Poems From The Upanishads, Ancient Sanskrit Poetry, And Punjabi Folk Lyrics The Poets Have Largely Emerged From The Ranks Of The Dispossessed Leather Workers, Refuse Collectors, Maidservants, Women, And Orphans Their Vision Is Of A Democratic Society In Which All Voices Count, Much Like American Gospel And Blues, Shaker Songs, Or The Grand Vision Of Walt Whitman Often They Faced Persecution For Speaking Candidly, Or Daring To Speak Of Spiritual Matters At All The Notes Include Profiles Of These Legendary Lives Several Of These Poets Simply Vanished, Absorbed Into A Deity, Or Disappeared In A Flash Of Purple Lightning A Few Produced Miracles Most Of Them Are Surrounded By Clouds Of Mystery.Andrew Schelling Has Drawn On The Work Of Twenty Four Other Translators, Including Ezra Pound, Robert Bly, W.s Merwin, Jane Hirschfield, And Denise Levertov, To Build The Finest Anthology Of India S Erotic And Spiritual Poetry Ever Assembled For The General Reader.

About the Author: Andrew Schelling

Andrew Schelling is a poet, essayist, and translator of the poetry of India He has taught at Naropa University for twenty years and from 1993 96 served as chair of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics founded by Alan Ginsburg and Anne Waldman His publications include Tea Shack Interior and The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

9 thoughts on “Love and the Turning Seasons

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    I left shame behind,took as an ornamentthe mockery of local folk.Unswerving, I lost my clevernessin the bewilderment of ecstasy Manikkavacakar 9thcentury , Tr A.K RamanujanIn a lover s enraptured world, love is the breeze that strips one, quite simply, of the garment of shame In reading Love and the Turning Seasons, the newest offering from Aleph Classics, a series that aims to bring new translations of India s literary heritage, the reader is swept in that denuding breeze Edited by Andrew Schelling, the collection of poems bears the slightly beguiling subtitle, India s Poetry of Spiritual Erotic Longing I say beguiling because it would seem like the poems could fall in either category spiritual or erotic In reality, as Manikkavacakar, the ninth century Shiva devotee tells us, the line between the two states is as diaphanous as air itself For, in the bewilderment of ecstasy , who is left to distinguish between the flesh and the spirit This seamless merging of the body and the soul is at the heart of this anthology of bhakti poetry, translated by various poets and literary translators.Love and the Turning Seasons alights upon the reader as a songbird to take her across time and space from the sixth century barring the Isa Upanishad right up to the twentieth, on an anticlockwise path beginning in the south of India and ending in the east Despite the multiplicity of expressions of the bhaktas or poet minstrels, informed as they were by specific cultural and regional parlance, ...

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    Bhakti poetry is probably the closest you could come to religion in its purest form pure faith shorn of any system It is subversive and confrontational love taking on hierarchy and power The poems in this anthology cover the length and breadth of India taking in the Tiruppavai and the Veerashaivites from deep South, Lal Ded from Kashmir, Tukaram and others from Maharashtra, Mira, Kabir, Surdas, Jaidev and the other poets in the North, the Bauls from the East All of them sing of longing for a lover, of throwing away convention in the search of union with a personal god, sometimes Siva, sometimes...

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