The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems

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Harper Collins, Dec 14, 2010 - Poetry - 448 pages
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The Soul of Rumi is renowned poet Coleman Barks' first major assemblage of newly translated Rumi poems since his bestselling The Essential Rumi.

Coleman Barks presents entirely new translations of Rumi's poems, published for the first time in The Soul of Rumi. The poems range over the breadth of Rumi's themes: silence, emptiness, play, God, peace, grief, sexuality, music, to name just a few. But the focus is on the ecstatic experience of human and divine love and their inseparability, conveyed with Rumi's signature passion, daring, and insights into the human heart and the heart's longings.

 

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User Review  - pbhagyam - LibraryThing

Marvelous book - it will stay in my library! I added comments and tiny illustrations off in the margins to compliment my favorite poems in the book. I can not believe I lived so many years before discovering Rumi! His writing promotes a grounded, peacefulness and appreciation for life. Read full review

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User Review  - Elfpath - LibraryThing

Rumi lived a hundred years before Hafiz did. His beautiful ecstatic poems are widely known today, and not just by his Dervish followers. He came from a long line of spiritual men and sufi's in Persia ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
A Green Shawl Solomons Far Mosque
15
Inside This Ordinary Daylight
28
The Source of Dream Vision
37
One Altar The Inner Meaning of Religions
46
The Lighthearted Path
54
Waters Voice
61
Praise for EarlyWaking Grievers prelude 268 269
71
Say Makes Me Drunk
143
Being in Between Language and the Souls
151
Dissolving Beyond Doubt and Certainty
164
The Uses of Community The Plural You
199
Eye of Water Clairvoyance Being Several Places at Once and the Rainpaths
206
Patience and Improvisation
212
As a Christian Disappears into Grace
225
The Hungry Animal and the Connoisseur
232

Stay at the Flames Core
72
You Feel a River Moving in You
79
Work with the One Who Keeps Time
85
Peacefulness with Death
94
Diving into Qualities
101
Two Donkeys
110
This mud body
118
Darkness Living Water
125
Drawn by Soup
128
The Song of Being Empty
137
A Way of Leaving the World
243
How One Embodies the Collective
249
Introduction
258
Book IV
270
Solomons message back to Sheba a dervish tells his dream in the nighttalking
290
A Note on These Translations and on the Currency of Rumi
389
References
403
Index of Titles and First Lines
410
Contents of Book IV
422
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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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