September 24, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

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.