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Some Unquenchable Desire by Bhartrihari

Some Unquenchable Desire

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Some Unquenchable Desire by Bhartrihari
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Nov 27, 2018 | ISBN 9781611806663

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“Imagine you are Percy Shelley sleeping in your favorite snoozing place among the ancient ruins in Pisa, and you awaken to the Sanskrit poems of Bhartrihari instead of to the Greek poets and Ovid’s Metamorphosis. Will your new poems be splashed with eroticism and awakened with rich theology? Unknown thoughts and imagined odors tremble at your ears like mosquitoes at Behemoth’s nose. Bhartrihari’s poems are wealthy in the loved sciences—Natural History—and the mammal solidity of exciting emotions changing shape. Breasts and honeyed Lips, not chockablock metamorphoses. Andrew Schelling’s genius has given us Bhartrihari’s great gifts of overwhelming beauty. Never have Entertainment and Loveliness so melted together!”—Michael McClure
“In Some Unquenchable Desire, Andrew Schelling offers a brilliant new rendering of Bhartrihari’s Sanskrit lyric poetry. As its title suggests, this collection evokes in blistering rawness a spectrum of emotion: the heat of sexual desire, the longing for a lover’s caress, the misery of bodily frailty, the heartbreak of ephemeral experience, and the mystical yearning for release from the ordinary world. These selections illuminate the struggle between embracing and renouncing sensuous experience, ultimately reflecting what it means to be human. Although Bhartrihari composed his poems more than a thousand years ago in a world far from our own, Schelling’s stunning translations breathe new life into the poet’s words for the modern ear with clarity and vitality.”—Andrew Quintman, Associate Professor, Department of Religion, Wesleyan University

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