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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Maypop (October 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961891645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961891640
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on October 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Melodious poetry that really speaks to you. This is a little book but packed with great poems that are so clear and so deep. Here's a stanza from one poem that keeps rattling thhrough my head: "Enlighten your desires. Meditate on who you are. Quit imagining." It goes on but its sttanzas like that that can give you a kick in the pants to contemplate some things. Its just a terrific collection of poems. Glad I bought the book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WordArt on October 3, 2011
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In Naked Song, translator Coleman Barks does a stellar job capturing the essence of Lala's poetry. It is both basic and profound. It is both tranparent and limitless in its keen depth. Naked Song is just that...exposed, a life and soul laid bare. An open invitation for every fellow soujourner to remove their own veils and be striped of those things that hide us from our selves.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
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Just read and relax! This remarkable woman's poems are moving, incredible, and spiritual. Her writing calms the spirit and takes you to a new, wonderful place.
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By Brianna on September 12, 2014
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"I am sick. The world is my disease, and You are the cure..."

My aunt gave me a copy of Naked Song last month, and I read it every night religiously. This book coaxes my soul out of hiding, and transforms the way in which I see the world.

This is undoubtedly one of the best books of poetry translations I have ever read. Barks has done an exceptional job of transforming Lalla into language that captures her true essence. I really enjoy that some of the poems in this book are very straightforward, while others tend to be more cryptic. When I feel like contemplating the universe, I spend an hour trying to understand some of the more ethereal poems. If I'm on the bus, I like reading some of the more discernible poems.

I can't exactly comment on the accuracy of the translations. What I do know, is that they work remarkably well as English poetry, and they inspire me, which is all that matters. If you are a bit of a dreamer, or if you are interested in eastern spirituality, all of the poems in this book are worth reading.
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