The Essential Rumi - reissue: New Expanded Edition

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Harper Collins, Jun 9, 1995 - Poetry - 416 pages
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From the premier interpreter of Rumi comes the first definitive one-volume collection of the enduringly popular spiritual poetry by the extraordinary thirteenth-century Sufi mystic.
 

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Rumi's overstanding is above human nature. If all men and woman could see as he does, Earth would become like heaven again and heaven would be just a few short breaths away. I can't say how his words make me feel, because I can't find the words to express such feelings as he could. I was exhumed by a sentence, Man! It's incredible. Coleman Barks.... Perfect translation. Thank you! 

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Contents

In Between Stories 95 The Question 97 The Music 98 I saw
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Granite and Wineglass I03 Buoyancy 104 Music Master
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0N THE PICKAXE 110 Who Makes These Changes? 110
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0N FLIRTATION 118 Omar and the Old Poet 118 An Egypt
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0N UNION I24 Gnats Inside the Wind 12 4
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I Have Such a Teacher
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ON ELEGANCE 145 Father Reason 145 A craftsman pulled
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ON THE UNSEEN 161 Nasuh 161 Moses and
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on THE DESIREBODY 54 Sexual Urgency What a Womans
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Muhammad and the Huge Eater 64 Fasting 69 Bismillah
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Meetings on the Riverbank
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The Far Mosque
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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.

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