Essential Rumi

ISBN-10: 0062509594

ISBN-13: 9780062509598

Edition: 2004

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Description: A comprehensive collection of ecstatic poetry that delights with its energy and passion, The Essential Rumi brings the vibrant, living words of famed thirteenth-century Sufi mystic Jelalludin Rumi to contemporary readers.

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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.31" wide x 8.00" long x 0.94" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

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.

On Rumi
A Note on the Organization of This Book
The Tavern: Whoever Brought Me Here Will Have to Take Me Home
On The Tavern
Who Says Words with My Mouth?
We have a huge barrel of wine
A Community of the Spirit
There's a strange frenzy in my head
Drunks fear the police
A Children's Game
Gone, inner and outer
The wine we really drink
The Many Wines
Special Plates
Burnt Kabob
The New Rule
This that is tormented
Bewilderment: I Have Five Things to Say
On Bewilderment
I Have Five Things to Say
Acts of Helplessness
Saladin's Begging Bowl
Late, by myself
Does sunset sometimes look
Be Melting Snow
The Fragile Vial
Where Are We?
The Friend comes into my body
There is a light seed grain
Do you think I know
Emptiness and Silence: The Night Air
On Silence
The Reed Flute's Song
A Thirsty Fish
Enough Words?
This World Which Is Made of Our Love for Emptiness
Quietness
Sanai
A Just-Finishing Candle
Craftsmanship and Emptiness
Emptiness
When you are with everyone but me
No Flag
The Food Sack
The Night Air
Only Breath
There is a way between voice
Spring Giddiness: Stand in the Wake of This Chattering and Grow Airy
On Spring Giddiness
Spring
Where Everything Is Music
A Great Wagon
Today, like every other day
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
The breeze at dawn
I would love to kiss you
Daylight, full of small dancing particles
They try to say what you are
Come to the orchard in Spring
Spring Is Christ
Shreds of Steam
The Steambath
The Ground Cries Out
Unfold Your Own Myth
Not a Day on Any Calendar
Flutes for Dancing
The Shape of My Thongue
The Grasses
The Sheikh Who Played with Children
Let the lover be disgraceful
All day and night, music
Feeling Separation: Don't Come Near Me
On Separation
Sometimes I Forget Completely
A Man and a Woman Arguing
A night full of talking that hurts
An Empty Garlic
The Diver's Clothes Lying Empty
Red Shirt
My Worst Habit
Don't let your throat tighten
Dissolver of Sugar
Pale sunlight
Controlling the Desire-Body: How Did You Kill Your Rooster, Husam?
On The Desire-Body
Sexual Urgency, What a Woman's Laughter Can Do, and the Nature of True Virility
Tattooing in Qazwin
The Center of the Fire
Someone who goes with half a loaf
The mystery does not get clearer
Muhammad and the Huge Eater
Fasting
Bismillah
Wean Yourself
After the Meditation
The Dog in the Doorway
The light you give off
Tending Two Shops
Think that you're gliding out
Sohbet: Meetings on the Riverbank
On Sohbet
Talking in the Night
Talking Through the Door
A Mouse and a Frog
The Long String
The Force of Friendship
The Vigil
Two Friends
The Servant Who Loved His Prayers
Imra'u 'l-Qays
All Rivers at Once
The Blocked Road
A Babbling Child
Who sees inside from outside?
Constant Conversation
Bonfire at Midnight
In Between Stories
The Question
The Music
I saw you last night in the gathering
The Tent
Friend, our closeness is this
Listen to presences
Being a Lover: The Sunrise Ruby
On Being A Lover
The Sunrise Ruby
Water from Your Spring
You Sweep the Floor
Each Note
Granite and Wineglass
Buoyancy
Music Master
When I am with you
The minute I heard my first love story
We are the mirror as well as the face
I want to hold you close
Someone Digging in the Ground
The Phrasing Must Change
The Guest House
The Pickaxe: Getting to the Treasure Beneath the Foundation
On The Pickaxe
Who Makes These Changes?
Why Wine Is Forbidden
On Resurrection Day
The Dream That Must Be Interpreted
The Pickaxe
Zikr
The Core of Masculinity
I honor those who try
Dervish at the Door
Art as Flirtation with Surrender: Wanting New Silk Harp Strings
On Flirtation
Omar and the Old Poet
An Egypt That Doesn't Exist
Chinese Art and Greek Art
In your light I learn
Drumsound rises on the air
Are you jealous of the ocean's generosity?
Union: Gnats Inside the Wind
On Union
Gnats Inside the Wind
Meadowsounds
Ayaz and the King's Pearl
Put This Design in Your Carpet
Hallaj
We Three
I am filled with you
The Sheikh: I Have Such a Teacher
On The Sheikh
Chickpea to Cook
I Have Such a Teacher
Sublime Generosity
Like This
A Bowl
Wax
No Room for Form
Childhood Friends
The Mouse and the Camel
These gifts from the Friend
The Lame Goat
Recognizing Elegance: Your Reasonable Father
On Elegance
Father Reason
A craftsman pulled a reed
Humble living does not diminish
New Moon, Hilal
Body Intelligence
The Seed Market
The Howling Necessity: Cry Out in Your Weakness
On Howling
Love Dogs
Cry Out in Your Weakness
The Debtor Sheikh
You that come to birth
Teaching Stories: How the Unseen World Works
On The Unseen
Nasuh
Moses and the Shepherd
Joy at Sudden Disappointment
If the beloved is everywhere
Story Water
Rough Metaphors: More Teaching Stories
On Roughness
Rough Metaphors
Birdwings
I Come Before Dawn
Checkmate
An Awkward Comparison
Two Kinds of Intelligence
Two Ways of Running
The Importance of Gourdcrafting
Breadmaking
Solomon Poems: The Far Mosque
On Solomon
Sheba's Gifts to Solomon
Solomon to Sheba
Sheba's Hesitation
Sheba's Throne
Solomon's Crooked Crown
The Far Mosque
A bird delegation came to Solomon
The Three Fish: Gamble Everything for Love
On Gambling
If you want what visible reality
Gamble everything
In a boat down a fast-running creek
The Three Fish
Send the Chaperones Away
When I remember your love
All our lives we've looked
The Gift of Water
Jesus Poems: The Population of the World
On Jesus
I called through your door
Jesus on the Lean Donkey
What Jesus Runs Away From
Christ is the population
There's Nothing Ahead
In Baghdad, Dreaming of Cairo: More Teaching Stories
On Baghdad
In Baghdad, Dreaming of Cairo: In Cairo, Dreaming of Baghdad
Dying, Laughing
Human Honesty
Dalqak's Message
The Cat and the Meat
Sheikh Kharraqani and His Wretched Wife
The Snake-Catcher and the Frozen Snake
Polishing the Mirror
Ali in Battle
Beginning and End: The Stories That Frame the Mathnawi
On The Frame
The King and the Handmaiden and the Doctor
The Three Brothers and the Chinese Princess
Green Ears Everywhere: Children Running Through
On Children Running Through
I used to be shy
Green Ears
Birdsong brings relief
The way of love is not
Let your throat-song
I have phrases and whole pages
You've so distracted me
I'm Not Saying This Right
The Least Figure
I reach for a piece of wood
Being Woven: Communal Practice
On Being Woven
Of Being Woven
The Waterwheel
The Granary Floor
A Song About a Donkey
Elephant in the Dark
Wished-For Song: Secret Practices
On Secrecy
A Wished-For Song
A Basket of Fresh Bread
When We Pray Alone
One Who Wraps Himself
Deliberation
The Private Banquet
We are the night ocean
Which is worth more, a crowd
Majesty: This We Have Now
On Majesty
This We Have Now
The Visions of Daquqi
The Worm's Waking
The Freshness
Judge a Moth by the Beauty of Its Candle
The morning wind spreads
Slave, be aware
Evolutionary Intelligence: Say I Am You
On Evolving
A Dove in the Eaves
We have this way of talking
This piece of food
In the slaughterhouse of love
The Witness, the Darling
In the Arc of Your Mallet
Unmarked Boxes
The Milk of Millennia
The You Pronoun
Birdsong from Inside the Egg
Say I Am You
The Turn: Dance in Your Blood
On The Turn
Inside water, a waterwheel
You have said what you are
A secret turning in us
This moment this love comes to rest
Keep walking, though there's no place
Walk to the well
I circle your nest
No better love than love
Some nights stay up
I am so small
When you feel your lips
The sun is love
Something opens our wings
Held like this
I stand up, and this one of me
I have lived on the lip
Real value comes with madness
Dance, when you're broken open
Notes
A Note on These Translations and a Few Recipes
References
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