Publication Date: 07/04/2022 ISBN: 9780241391587 Category:

The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse

Kaveh Akbar

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 07/04/2022 ISBN: 9780241391587 Category:
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Poets have always looked to the skies for inspiration, and have written as a way of getting closer to the power and beauty they sense in nature, in each other and in the cosmos. This anthology serves as a truly holistic and global survey to a lyric conversation about the divine that has been going on for millenia.

Beginning with the earliest attributable author in all of human literature, the twenty-third century BC Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna, and taking in a constellation of voices – from King David to Lao Tzu, to the fourteenth century Ethiopian national religious epic, the Kebra Nagast – this anthology presents a number of canonical voices like Blake, Rumi, Dickinson and Tagore, alongside lesser-anthologized diverse voices that showcase the breathtaking multiplicity of ways in which humanity has responded to the divine across the centuries.

These poets’ voices commune across the centuries, offering readers a chance to experience for themselves the vast and powerful interconnectedness of these incantations orbiting the most elemental of all subjects – our spirit.

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