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

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

by Rumi
     
 

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I hear nothing in my earbut your voice.
Heart has plundered mind of its eloquence.

Love writes a transparent calligraphy, so on
the empty page my soul can read and recollect.

The Sufi mystic and poet Jalaluddin Rumi is most beloved for his poems expressing the ecstasies and mysteries of love in all its forms -- erotic, platonic, divine -- and Coleman

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I hear nothing in my earbut your voice.
Heart has plundered mind of its eloquence.

Love writes a transparent calligraphy, so on
the empty page my soul can read and recollect.

The Sufi mystic and poet Jalaluddin Rumi is most beloved for his poems expressing the ecstasies and mysteries of love in all its forms -- erotic, platonic, divine -- and Coleman Barks presents the best of them in this delightful and inspiring collection.

Rendered, as only Barks alone can, with freshness, intensity, and beauty, these startling and rich poems cover everything 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 to immersion in divine love.

Rumi, the ultimate poet of love, explores all "the magnificent regions of the heart" as he opens you to the lover within. Coleman Barks has made this medieval poetic and spiritual genius of Persia (present-day Afghanistan) the most popular poet in America today. This seductive volume reveals Rumi's charms and depth more than any other.

There are lovers content with longing.
I'm not one of them.

Editorial Reviews

Roger Housden
“Another perfect gem from the master translator of Rumi’s poetry.”
Robert Bly
“It’s a mystery how heart can come into apparently simple English.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060750503
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/18/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
172,658
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Roger Housden
“Another perfect gem from the master translator of Rumi’s poetry.”
Robert Bly
“It’s a mystery how heart can come into apparently simple English.”

Meet the Author

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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