Soul of Rumi A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems

ISBN-10: 0060604522

ISBN-13: 9780060604523

Edition: 2001 (Reprint)

Authors: Coleman Barks, John Moyne

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"Inside a lover's heart there's another world, and yet another." Rumi's delightful yet profound poems have inspired countless people throughout the centuries, and Coleman Barks's exquisite renderings of the thirteenth-century Persian mystic are widely considered the definitive versions for our time. Barks's translations capture the inward exploration and intensity that characterize Rumi's poetry, making this unique voice of mysticism and desire contemporary while remaining true to the original poems. In these pages you will encounter the essence of Sufism's insights into the experience of love in all its varieties, life's mystery and wonder, and the nature of both humanity and God. While Barks's stamp on this collection is clear, it is Rumi's unique vision and voice that leap off the page with a rapturous power that leaves readers breathless. These poems express our deepest yearning for the transcendent connection with the source of the divine: There are passionate outbursts about the torment of longing for the beloved and the sweet delight that come from union; stories of sexual adventures and of loss; poems of love and fury, sadness and joy; and quiet truths about the beauty and variety of human emotion. For Rumi, soul and body and emotion are not separate but are rather part of the great mystery of mortal life, a riddle whose solution is love. Above all else, Rumi's poetry exposes us to the delight that comes from being fully alive, urging us always to put aside our fears and take the risk of discovering our core self. "No one knows what makes the soul wake up so happy! Maybe a dawn breeze has blown the veil from the face of god." These fresh, original translations magnificently convey Rumi's insights into the human heart and its longings with his signature passion and daring, focusing on the ecstatic experience of the inseparability of human and divine love. The match between Rumi's sublime poetry and Coleman Barks's poetic art are unequaled, and here this artistic union is raised to new heights.
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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
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.

Rumi's Life and Times
Some Claims About Poetry and Consciousness
Fana and Baqa
The Question of the Personal
A Note About This Book
A Green Shawl: Solomon's Far Mosque
Entrance Door
What Was Told, That
Mary's Hiding
I want to be where...
Would you like to have revealed to you...
Imagining is like feeling around...
The Husk and Core of Masculinity
Initiation: The Necessary Pain of Changing
Work in the Invisible
A Necessary Autumn Inside Each
A Surprise of Roses
More Range
Choose a Suffering
Climb to the Execution Place
Watch a One-Year-Old
Baqa: Inside This Ordinary Daylight
Walkingstick Dragon
The Opener
Soul Light and Sun the Same
The Pattern Improves
You're from a country beyond this universe...
Essence is emptiness...
We're not afraid of God's blade...
Come to this street with...
Spring overall. But inside us...
This is how I would die...
How will you know the difficulties...
Love is the way messengers...
Back to Being
Three Travelers Tell Their Dreams
This Speech: The Source of Dream Vision
Looking into the Creek
Hometown Streets
A Trace
Creator of Absence and Presence
A Ship Gliding over Nothing
Omar and the Old Poet
One Altar: The Inner Meaning of Religions
One Song
The Indian Tree
Your Face
Let the Way Itself Arrive
A Cross-Eyed Student
Dear Soul
Four Words for What We Want
Four Interrupted Prayers
Spiritual Windowshoppers
The clear bead at the center...
A Small Dog Trying to Get You to Play: The Lighthearted Path
Pictures of the Soul
Soul and the Old Woman
The Core
Duck Wisdom
Pebble Zikr
Feet Becoming Head
Thirst: Water's Voice
What We Hear in a Friend's Voice
Talking and God's Love of Variety
Amazed Mouth
No longer a stranger, you listen...
The King's Falcon on a Kitchen Shelf: How It Feels to Live Apart from Majesty
The City of Saba
The Thief
The King's Falcon
The Ground's Generosity
Sick of Scripture
Witness: Stay at the Flame's Core
The Creek and the Stars
Night Thieves
Thinking and the Heart's Mystical Way
Empty Boat
Whereabouts Unknown
The Level of Words
To the Extent They Can Die
Soul Joy: You Feel a River Moving in You
Moving Water
Uncle of the Jar
When Words Are Tinged with Lying
Joy moves always to new locations...
The Source of Joy
A road might end at a single house...
Rise. Move around the center...
A Story They Know
Roses Underfoot
I open and fill with love and...
Any cup I hold fills with wine...
Turning the Refuse of Damascus: Work with the One Who Keeps Time
Cleansing Conflict
Shadow and Light Source Both
Wealth Without Working
Love for Certain Work
The Hoopoe's Talent
When school and mosque and minaret...
Not until a person dissolves, can...
While you are still yourself...
Grief Song, Praise Song: Peacefulness with Death
On the Day I Die
One who does what the Friend wants done...
Childhood, youth, and maturity...
The angel of death arrives...
When you come back inside my chest...
Last night things flowed between us...
I placed one foot on the wide plain...
Longing is the core of mystery...
Time to Sacrifice Taurus
The Sheikh Who Lost Two Sons
What's Inside the Ground
A Brightening Floor
The Death of Saladin
At the Outermost Extension of Empire: Diving into Qualities
Wooden Cages
Prayer Is an Egg
Mutakallim: Speaking with a Group
Two Donkeys
The Indian Parrot
Living as Evidence: The Way from Wanting to Longing
I Pass by the Door
Border Stations
Wind That Mixes in Your Fire
The Different Moon Shapes
Garnet Red: In the Madhouse Gnawing on Chains
Evening Sky Garnet Red
The Sweet Blade of Your Anger
Fourteen Questions
What's the lover to do...
Someone who does not run...
This mud body...
There's no light like yours, no breeze...
The Silent Articulation of a Face
A Small Green Island
Your eyes, when they really see...
Both Wings Broken
Extravagance: Exuberance That Informs and Streams Beyond
There You Are
Come Horseback
Wilder Than We Ever
Night: Darkness, Living Water
Last night, the Friend...
Flowers open every night...
You that prefer, as crows do...
Don't sleep now. Let the turning...
What Hurts the Soul?
Midnight, but your forehead...
Some Kiss We Want
Dawn: Spring Morning Listening
The Generations I Praise
Hunt Music
Knowledge Beyond Love
Soul, Heart, and Body One Morning
Drawn by Soup
She Is the Creator
The Banquet: This Is Enough Was Always True
This Is Enough
The Music We Are
The Moment
Poetry: The Song of Being Empty
Glory to Mutabilis
All We Sell
Poetry and Cooking Tripe
Is This a Place Where Stories Are Acted Out?
A Song of Being Empty
A Salve Made with Dirt
What I Say Makes Me Drunk
Pilgrim Notes: Chance Meetings, Dignity, and Purpose
Not Here
Cry Out Your Grief
Broom Work
A Clean Sandy Spot
Two Sacks
Any Chance Meeting
The One Thing You Must Do
Apple Orchards in Mist: Being in Between Language and the Soul's Truth
You Are Not Your Eyes
Prayer to Be Changed
A Small Market Between Towns
Lovers in Law School
Cup and Ocean
The Joke of Materialism: Turning Bread into Dung
Mounted Man
This Disaster
Sneezing Out Animals
Not Intrigued with Evening
How Attraction Happens
Book Beauty
Under the Hill
Fana: Dissolving Beyond Doubt and Certainty
In the Waves and Underneath
Infidel Fish
A Star with No Name
Rush Naked
Die Before You Die
Love with No Object
The Road Home
Come Out and Give Something
Two Human-Sized Wedding Candles
Blessing the Marriage
One Swaying Being
Human Grief: We Are Sent to Eat the World
I've broken through to longing ...
The center leads to love ...
This Battered Saucepan
A Delicate Girl
The Threat of Death
Twenty Small Graves
I saw grief drinking a cup of sorrow ...
Sour, Doughy, Numb, and Raw
I could not have known ...
Inner Sun: No More the Presence
The Breast My Heart Nurses
No More the Presence
Out in the Open Air
The Eye of the Heart
A Deep Nobility
Sacrifice: Remember Leaving Egypt
Remember Egypt
Astrological Bickerings
Extract the Thorn
When Friends Meet: The Most Alive Moment
The Most Alive Moment
The Soul's Friend
Inside Shams's Universe
Like Light over This Plain
Wake and Walk Out
Form Is Ecstatic
The Reedbed of Silence: Opening to Absence
Back into the Reedbed!
A Vague Trace
The Taste
I hear nothing in my ear ...
The Uses of Community: The Plural You
Love Dervishes
The Communal Heart
Bowls of Food
Eye of Water: Clairvoyance, Being Several Places at Once, and the Rainpaths of Inspiration
Cooked Heads
Float, Trust, Enjoy
Light Breeze
Sitting Together
Seeing with the Eye of Water We Float On
Solomon's Sight
Music: Patience and Improvisation
We No Longer See the One Who Teaches Us
Music Loosens Deafness
Jami's The Camel Driver's Song
Gratitude for Teachers: The Lesson of Dogs
The Three Stooges
Listen to the Dogs
The Bow to Adam
To Trust the Ocean
Strange Gathering
Scatterbrain Sweetness
Every Section of Road
A Cap to Wear in Both Worlds
Forgiveness: As a Christian Disappears into Grace
The Spring
The Way That Moves as You Move
We Prescribe a Friend
What You've Been Given
Now I lay me down to stay ...
Grace Got Confused
Soul Art: The Hungry Animal and the Connoisseur
One Human Gesture
The Mangy Calf
If You Want to Live Your Soul
More Pilgrim Notes: Habits That Blind the Psyche
Habits That Blind the Psyche
Dolls That Pull the Stuffing Out of Each Other
Being Slow to Blame
Cuisine and Sex
The soul fell into the soup ...
Be clear and smiling for those who ...
No Discussion
One Who Can Quit Seeing Himself
The Mystery of Renunciation: A Way of Leaving the World That Nourishes the World
A Way of Leaving the World
One-Handed Basket Weaving
Not a Food Sack, a Reed Flute
The Flower's Eye
Sheikh Sarrazi Comes in from the Wilderness
I Throw It All Away
Warrior Light: How One Embodies the Collective
Warrior Light
Inside Solitude
The Bear's True Dance
Choosing and Total Submission: Both Are True
Choosing and Total Submission
These Decisions
Book IV of the Masnavi
Rumi's Wild Soul Book
Mud and Glory
The Form of the Whole
Being God's Spies
Book IV
A Note on These Translations and on the Currency of Rumi in the United States
Index of Titles and First Lines
Contents of Book IV
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