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I, Lalla

The Poems Of Lal Ded

Lal Ded


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The poems of the fourteenth-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded, popularly known as Lalla, strike us like brief and blinding bursts of light. Emotionally rich yet philosophically precise, sumptuously enigmatic yet crisply structured, these poems are as sensuously evocative as they are charged with an ecstatic devotion. Stripping away a century of Victorian-inflected translations and paraphrases, and restoring the jagged, colloquial power of Lalla’s voice, in Ranjit Hoskote’s new translation these poems are glorious manifestos of illumination.

India Penguin, 9780143420781, 328pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2013

About the Author

Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. His collections of poetry include "Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 "(Penguin, 2006)" "and "Die Ankunft der Vogel ("Carl Hanser Verlag, 2006"). "His poems have appeared in" Akzente, Boulevard Magenta, Fulcrum, Green Integer Review, Iowa Review, Nthposition "and" Wespennest." Hoskote was a Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (1995), writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich (2003), and research scholar in residence at BAKI basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (2010 and 2013).