Birdsong: Fifty-three Short Poems

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Maypop, 1993 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 63 pages
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Several writers are currently doing collaborative translations of Rumi's poetry, but none of them have anywhere near the publication record, the popularity, or the following of these done by Coleman Barks. Approximately 250,000 of his volumes have sold in the last 12 years, including, along with the Maypop editions, the ones published by Threshold, Copper Beech, and now the enormously successful Essential Rumi from HarperCollins.

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Contents

Birdsong brings relief
13
Let your throatsong
14
Sometimes I call you wine or cup
15
I used to have fiery intensity
16
We search this world for the great untying
17
When the soul first put on the bodys shirt
18
Which is worth more a crowd of thousands
19
Love lit a fire in my chest and anything
20
You walk in looking like youre about to say
39
You that come to birth and bring the mysteries
40
Pale sunlight
41
Youre the spring
42
You that prefer like crows do
43
Stars burn clear
44
If you want what visible reality
45
In a boat down a fastrunning creek
46

With your lips not here
21
Youre from a country beyond this universe
22
Were not afraid of Gods blade
23
Soul serves as a cup for the juice
24
This love is beyond the range of language
25
Would you like to have revealed to you
26
Spring overall But inside us
27
Rain fell on one man
28
Whats the lover to do
29
My spirit saw how dull and down
30
Someone who does not run
31
Dont for a moment think that youve found
32
One who does what the Friend wants done
33
My memory of your face
34
How long are you going to beat me
35
A bird delegation came to Solomon complaining
36
This mudbody
37
How will you know the difficulties
38
I said I will lift from your hand
47
Love is the way messengers
48
Are you jealous of the oceans generosity?
49
There is a banquet where grains of wheat
50
Real value comes with madness
51
Poem song and story
52
Spring lightning poems
53
The angel of death arrives
54
I called through your door
55
Last night things flowed between us
56
As essence turns to ocean
57
Lovers gather and give each other shade
58
Whoever loves loves
59
Dont analyze this enthusiasm
60
Youre not a slave
61
I claimed my eyes
62
I used to be shy
63

About the author (1993)

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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