Rumi by Coleman Barks
The Book of Love

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The Sufi mystic and poet Jalaluddin Rumi is most beloved for his poems expressing the ecstasies and mysteries of love in all its forms—erotic, platonic, divine—and Coleman Barks presents the best of them in this delightful and inspiring collection. Rendered with freshness, intensity, and beauty as Barks alone can do, these startling and rich poems range from the "wholeness" one experiences with a true lover, to the grief of a lover's loss, and all the states in between: from the madness of sudden love to the shifting of a romance to deep friendship to the immersion in divine love. Rumi, the ultimate poet of love, explores all "the magnificent regions of the heart," and he opens you to the lover within. Coleman Barks has made this medieval, Persian-born (present-day Afghanistan) poetic and spiritual genius the most popular poet in America today. This seductive volume reveals Rumi's charms and depths more than any other.

 

About Coleman Barks

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Coleman Barksis a renowned poet and the bestselling author of The Essential Rumi, The Soul of Rumi, Rumi: The Book of Love, and The Drowned Book. He was prominently featured in both of Bill Moyers's PBS television series on poetry, The Language of Life and Fooling with Words. He taught English and poetry at the University of Georgia for thirty years, and he now focuses on writing, readings, and performances. This book is the culmination of over thirty years of Barks's work on Rumi's seminal classic.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 240 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Though his English-only translations of the Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi (1207–1273) have sold hundreds of thousands of copies, Barks is anything but celebratory in his preface to this new colle

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Though his English-only translations of the Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi (1207–1273) have sold hundreds of thousands of copies, Barks is anything but celebratory in his preface to this new colle

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In this one-hour conversation with Michael Toms of New Dimensions, poet and translator Coleman Barks talks about his 25 years of working with the ecstatic musings of Rumi, the thirteenth century Sufi poet and mystic.

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Although he had been given training in mystical practices, Jelaluddin Rumi was a traditional Islamic scholar and teacher in Konya, Turkey, until the day that he met a wandering dervish named Shams of Tabriz.

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Coleman Barks has translated this splendiferous new volume of Rumi poems to celebrate the great mystic's 800th birthday.

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Jahan comes by and tosses some coins to the dead man, who grabs the coins and proudly announces that he had found himself back to the great man's generosity.

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• Travel the path of love or emptiness where there are no "resentment seeds, back- / scratching greed, worrying about out- / come, fear of people."

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Come, gather round, and relish the ecstatic love poems of Rumi, the thirteenth century Sufi mystic, currently the most popular poet in America.

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The Illuminated Rumi, with translations and commentary by Coleman Barks, is a prodigious sampler of the great Sufi poet's spiritual gems wedded to the phantasmagorical illustrations of Michael Green.

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As Coleman Barks points out in the introduction to this massive collection of poems, Rumi's spiritual life was turned around completely by his mystical friendship with Shams Tabriz.

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Arberry's translations of the Sufi mystical poet Rumi to Coleman Barks with the words: "These poems need to be released from their cages."

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