Delicious Laughter: Rambunctious Teaching Stories from the Mathnawi of Jelaluddin Rumi

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Maypop, 1990 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 146 pages
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Rowdy, ecstatic, and sometimes stern, these parables reveal new and very human properties in Rumi's vision. Included here are the notorious "Latin Parts" that Reynold Nicholson felt were too unseemly to appear in English in his 1920s translation. For Rumi, anything that human beings do--however compulsive or ludicrous--affords a glimpse of the inner life.

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I've been reading Rumi so long that most of these stories and poems are now familiar to me. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as an introduction to Rumi, but anyone just starting to get into him who likes the bawdy stuff would find this a favorite. Read full review

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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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