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TO TOUCH THE SKY: POEMS OF MYSTICAL, SPIRITUAL & METAPHYSICAL LIGHT
To Touch the Sky: Poems of Mystical, Spiritual & Metaphysical Light. Translations by Willis Barnstone. Published by New Directions in 1991.
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To Touch the Sky compiles Willis Barnstone's translations of nine mystical and spiritual poets' most important work: The Song of Songs, Cosmic Fragments of Herakleitos, Saying Poems of Yeshua the Messiah, Apocalypse by John of Patmos, Taoist and Buddhist Poems of Wang Wei, Allegorical Bestiary by Bishop Theobaldus, Mystical Poems of Mira Bai, Mystical Poems of St. John of the Cross, Metaphysical Sonnets to Orpheus of 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."
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