Rumi: Bridge to the Soul (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Poetry - 160 pages
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2007 is the "Year of Rumi," and who better than Coleman Barks, Rumi's unlikely, supremely passionate ambassador, to mark the milestone of this great poet's 800th birthday? Barks, who was recently awarded an honorary doctorate in Persian language and literature by the University of Tehran for his thirty years of translating Rumi, has collected and translated ninety new poems, most of them never published before in any form. The result is this beautiful edition titled Rumi: Bridge to the Soul. The "bridge" in the title is a reference to the Khajou Bridge in Isphahan, Iran, which Barks visited with Robert Bly in May of 2006—a trip that in many ways prompted this book. The "soul bridge" also suggests Rumi himself, who crosses cultures and religions and brings us all together to listen to his words, regardless of origin or creed. Open this book and let Rumi's poetry carry you into the interior silence and joy of the spirit, the place that unites conscious knowing with a deeper, more soulful understanding.

  

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Review: Bridge to the Soul: Journeys Into the Music and Silence of the Heart

User Review  - Gassy Traoré - Goodreads

Splendid! Rumi like my favourite singer and talented friend who is of this beautiful heritage is surely portraying the importance of the songs of our hearts. It is true when they say that the melodies ... Read full review

Review: Bridge to the Soul: Journeys Into the Music and Silence of the Heart

User Review  - Stephanie Kapllani - Goodreads

Although it was hard for me to understand what he is saying in a lot of his poems, they are really beautiful. I really like this one called "Secret Places;" Lovers find secret places inside this ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction BRIDGE POEM AWARENESS MOVING THROUGH
1
TRAVEL NOTES
13
The Poems
25
A BOWL FALLEN FROM THE ROOF
27
A STORY THEY KNOW
28
HARVEST
29
INHALE AUTUMN LONG FOR SPRING
30
LEAVES ABOUT TO LET GO
32
PEARL
88
GREEN WRIT
89
LOOK AT A FOUNTAIN
90
DESOLATION
91
THE DANCE OF YOUR HIDDEN LIFE
92
LET THE SOUP SIMMER
94
THE ONLY OBLIGATION
95
BUTCHER AND SHEEP
96

A LIGHT WITHIN HIS LIGHT
34
A KING DRESSED AS A SERVANT
36
AS THE SKY DOES IN WATER
37
THE TIME OF DIVULGING
38
EMPTY
41
NICKNAMES
42
NEW BLOSSOMS
43
SPLIT THE SACK
44
ANY SPRIG OF AN HERB
46
SECRET PLACES
48
DOORSILL
49
FLIGHTPATHS
50
MUSIC AND SILENCE
51
EARSIGHT
52
THE TALKING
53
CURRENCY
54
WATER FROM THE WELL OF THE SOUL
56
ANOTHER INVITATION
57
THE ONE WHO LEFT
58
DISCIPLINES
59
PIECES OF A BROKEN CUP
60
SPILLED SPEECH
62
SOUL HOUSES
64
THE WAVE OF THAT AGREEMENT
66
CALM IN THE MIDST OF LIGHTNING
67
AVALANCHE
68
PURE SILENCE
69
WHAT FEAR OF LOSS
70
A MOUNTAIN NEST
71
MILES OF RIVERSIDE CANEBED
72
SOLOMON AND THE WIND OF SPEAKING
74
A MIXEDBREED APPLE
75
NO EXPECTATIONS
76
MOUNTAINTOP TROUGH
78
WHAT YOU GAVE
80
YOUR TURN AT DICE
81
HOLIDAY WITHOUT LIMITS
82
OUTDOORS AND THE PASSION OF THE GRASS
84
A PREPOSTEROUS GUESS
86
ASLEEP AND LISTENING
87
SEE THE FACE
97
THE MEETING
98
THE LIVING DOUBLENESS
100
THE VALUE OF THIS MOMENT
102
OCEAN LIGHT
103
LIKE A FIG
104
GONE FOR GOOD
105
TWO LOVINGS
106
TALKING TO THE LUCKBIRD
107
ALIVE WITH SCRIPTURE
108
FAINT LAMENT OF FORM
110
THIS HIGH MEADOW
112
GRANTED
114
SALADINS LEAVING
116
WHAT YOU HAVE DESPISED IN YOURSELF
117
WINTER OR SUMMER
118
ABRAHAM AND ISAAC
120
ASK ONE MORE THING
122
SEEDS AND RAIN
124
ONE BEING INSIDE ALL
125
STRUCK TENT
126
OPEN WINDOW
127
FULL SUN
128
ROCKED MY OWN CHEST
129
YOU SHALL NOT SEE ME
130
A BEAUTIFUL WALK INSIDE YOU
132
LEAVING
134
ENERGY YOU CAN SPEND
136
ONE THING I DID WRONG
138
A NORTHERN WIND
139
MIDNIGHT AND SUNRISE
140
THE CREATION WORD
141
WE ARE THE SUN
142
YOU MAKE YOUR OWN OIL AS YOU COOK
143
A HUNDRED AND ONE
144
WE CANNOT DECIDE
145
A WAKING TOWN
146
References
147
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Coleman Barks is a renowned poet and the bestselling author of The Essential Rumi, Rumi: The Big Red Book, The Soul of Rumi, Rumi: The Book of Love, and The Drowned Book. He was prominently featured in both of Bill Moyers' 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.

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