Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing

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Harper Collins, Jan 18, 2005 - Poetry - 240 pages
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Now in paperback, this is the definitive collection of America's bestselling poet Rumi's finest poems of love and lovers. In Coleman Barks' delightful and wise renderings, these poems will open your heart and soul to the lover inside and out.

'There are lovers content with longing.

I'm not one of them.'

Rumi is best known for his poems expressing the ecstasies and mysteries of love of all kinds – erotic, divine, friendship –and Coleman Barks collects here the best of those poems, ranging 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 – these poems cover all 'the magnificent regions of the heart'.


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User Review  - Ele-Reet - Goodreads

I do love Rum'is poetry, but I was heavily disturbed by the fact that in the comments and chapter openings translator talked about himself...Well I know about Layla's and Majnun love story, but when I ... Read full review

Review: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing

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roar.. lion of the heart! Read full review


Spontaneous Wandering
Who You Talking To?
The Superabundance of Ordinary Being
Sudden Wholeness
Escaping into Silence
A New Life
Tavern Madness
Shift from Romance to Friendship
Die Before You Die
Harsh Evidence
Meditation Pavane
Love Dogs
Loves Excess
Loves Bewilderment

Animal Energies
Loves Secret
Loves Discipline
Lord of the Heart
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Page 14 - I dwell in Possibility — A fairer House than Prose — More numerous of Windows — Superior — for Doors — Of Chambers as the Cedars — Impregnable of Eye — And for an Everlasting Roof The...
Page 194 - O look, look in the mirror, O look in your distress; Life remains a blessing Although you cannot bless. O stand, stand at the window As the tears scald and start; You shall love your crooked neighbor With your crooked heart.
Page 14 - Of summer in our twined bodies, Summer in our mouths, and summer In the luminous, fragmentary words Of this dead Greek woman. Stop reading. Lean back. Give me your mouth. Your grace is as beautiful as sleep. You move against me like a wave That moves in sleep. Your body spreads across my brain Like a bird filled summer; Not like a body, not like a separate thing, But like a nimbus that hovers Over every other thing in all the world. Lean back. You are beautiful, As beautiful as the folding Of your...
Page 36 - You're covered with thick cloud. Slide out the side. Die, and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign that you've died. Your old life was a frantic running from silence. The speechless full moon comes out now.
Page 172 - The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.
Page 59 - I'll be completely sober. Meanwhile, I'm like a bird from another continent, sitting in this aviary. The day is coming when I fly off, but who is it now in my ear, who hears my voice? Who says words with my mouth? Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul? I cannot stop asking. If I could taste one sip of an answer, I could break out of this prison for drunks. I didn't come here of my own accord, and I can't leave that way.
Page 152 - Keep walking, though there's no place to get to. Don't try to see through the distances. That's not for human beings. Move within, but don't move the way fear makes you move.

About the author (2005)

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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