Poet, memoirist and translator, Robin Magowan, will read from The Mirrored Spectrum, Versions of Bidel, which he has recently translated from the Persian. The poet, mystic and philosopher Mirza ‘Abd al-Qader Bidel (1644-1720) is India’s greatest writer in Persian and the last exponent of the innovative Indo-Persian style. Born in Patna, he lived most of his life in Delhi, serving as a soldier before taking a vow of poverty and becoming a wandering dervish.”
The author of ten poetry collections and a number of translations from French, Italian, Spanish and more recently Persian, Robin Magowan has also written an autobiography, Memoirs of a Minotaur, a collection of travel pieces, Improbable Journeys, a critical study of modern pastoral, Narcissus and Orpheus, and two accounts of continental cycle racing. His Garden of Amazement: Scattered Gems after Sâeb appeared from Longhouse in 2015. He resides on a hilltop above Santa Fe where he wrestles with a large rock garden.