April 30, 2012
This luminous collection gathers together for the first time in English a body of poetry that emerges directly from the sublime and often startling world of Jewish mysticism. Booklist called the volume “Resplendent … a dazzling treasury of verse spanning more than 1,500 years and accompanied by fascinating, illuminating commentary rich in history, biography, and literary expertise.” “Cole brings this material alive for a contemporary reader. This is a marvelous book,” write Daniel Matt, author of The Essential Kabbalah. And scholar Lawrence Fine adds: “Studded with insight, and written with great verve, this book will become a classic.” Finally, Harold Bloom calls The Poetry of Kabbalah “the crown of poet-translator Peter Cole’s sublime achievement.” From beloved hymns such as Lekhah Dodi to mysterious incantations that chart ascent through the heavens, the poems in this book reveal an alternative and often erotically-charged Judaism at the heart of the religion itself. As a whole, the collection brings readers into the fascinating forcefield of Jewish mysticism and Kabbalistic verse, where the building blocks of both language and existence are unveiled.