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Who Says Words with my Mouth? I don’t know what possessed me, self-proclaimed poetry hater, to read pages of Persian poetry translated into English.

Accessibility links Skip to main batks Keyboard shortcuts for audio coldman. Jul 21, Dan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have read many different translators’ work, and none of them, not even Stephen MItchell, can begin to compare with Barks. I first fell in love with this quattrain I keep a copy of the Essential Rumi trans.

That all being said, many of the poems in this volume are really wonderful.

I pick it up in between other books, read a page or two, let it sink and then go back to it a few nights later This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and more than 80 never-before-published poems. I had the great pleasure to meet The has to esesntial my second favorite book of poetry. The has to be my second favorite book of poetry.

Paperbackpages. Enlightenment is expressed in these poems. Of course, conversation about the deal didn’t end when the negotiators stepped away from the table. Through his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing colemaj exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of readers, making the ecstatic, spiritual poetry of thirteenth-century Barka Mystic Rumi more This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and more than 80 never-before-published poems.


The artistry and tapestry of language is unparalleled. A spider weaves a web over a light, out of himself, or herself, makes a veil. It seems that Barks was specifically chosen to be spoken through by this 12th century Essengial. The translations of t This is a book I return to again and again.

The Essential Rumi Revised

This book displays the heights of Sufism in the Middle Ages and the descriptions of sensual, erotic, neo-platonic, and divine love in this collection is staggering.

A reed flute has nine holes and is a model of human co This collection is my first introduction to Rumi’s poetry, having been spellbound by an hour-long feature of the 13th century Sufi mystic’s life on Krista Tippet’s radio show, On Being. The poems express Rumi’s desire for union. However, my favourite part of this volume is the variety of metaphors about the relationship between soul, body and God.

Expecting the worst, you look, and instead, here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see. Rumi not only gives you a taste, he also gives you clues on how you can begin your journey to get there – “Take that long journey into yourself.

He also served as a Molvi Islamic teacher and taught his adherents in the madrassa.

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If the body is a donkey, God is the King or the Caliph, the Friend or Beloved to whom the barkd must ascend to unite with Him, the flame through which the Sufi is cooked like a clay pot and so on. Nothing in this existence but that existence. Rumi needs no introduction, no rating, no recommendation, no stars.


The mind, for learning what men have done and tried to do. I don’t plan it. It was his meeting with the dervish Shams-e Tabrizi on 15 November that completely changed bqrks life.

Both wishes are foolish, but you’ll be forgiven for forgetting that what you really want is love’s confusing joy. And you can start to think that if everyone read this sort colmean poetry, devoted their lives to this sort of being, that everything would be ok in what instead and in truth is a fcked up world The day is coming when I fly off, but who is it now in my ear who hears my voice?

I offer here, for instance, my favorite rimi the bunch, ” The Question “: If you want the unseen world, you’re not living your truth. The reed flute figures in several poems, sometimes typifying the need for divine breath to animate us; in other poems the reed flute’s mournful song represents the soul longing to return to its source, as a reed recalls the reed bed colema which it was severed. This book is controversially tr ” I am filled with you. May 23, Yelda Basar Moers rated it it was amazing Shelves: