Rumi: The Book of Love

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Zondervan, Oct 13, 2009 - Poetry - 240 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

Spontaneous Wandering
1
Who You Talking To?
10
The Superabundance of Ordinary Being
18
Sudden Wholeness
25
Escaping into Silence
32
A New Life
38
Grief
45
Tavern Madness
53
Shift from Romance to Friendship
102
Union
118
Die Before You Die
124
Harsh Evidence
130
Meditation Pavane
139
Love Dogs
145
Loves Excess
157
Loves Bewilderment
164

Absence
62
Animal Energies
69
Loves Secret
86
Loves Discipline
92
Lord of the Heart
173
A Note on Translation
183
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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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