Unseen Rain: Quatrains of Rumi

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Threshold Books, 1986 - Poetry - 83 pages
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In some languages of the Middle East the word for "rain" and the work for "grace" are the same. These quatrains are evidence of the invisible grace falling on our earth, a grace received by the mature spirit of master poet Jelaluddin Rumi.

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Coleman Barks is 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.

Coleman Barks was born on April 23, 1937, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1972 he has taught English at the University of Georgia at Athens. Barks received the New England/Breadloaf Quarterly Narrative Poem Prize and the Southern Poetry Review's Guy Owen Award. His collections of poetry include The Juice and Gourd Seed. Barks is perhaps better known as a translator of the poet Rumi, a thirteenth century Mystic. Rumi is cpnsidered the greatest mystic of the Sufi religion and wrote extensively in Farsi, the language of Iran.

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