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

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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 -- ...

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Overview

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.

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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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060750503
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/18/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 182,293
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Coleman Barksis 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Rumi

    Perfect people Rumi, definetely read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    There Is Some Kiss We Want

    Coleman Barks once again translates the words of Rumi with respect, good nature, a bit of humor, and a deep understanding of this 13th century mystic and poet. A renowned poet and something of a mystic himself, Coleman Barks leads us through his book as a constant and caring companion. He begins each chapter with his own touching stories, guidance, and expert explanations for the material he lays out. One simply cannot come away from this book without having some sincere appreciation for the devotion and dedication Coleman Barks has for another poet's words. In 'Rumi: The Book Of Love: poems of ecstasy and longing', we are led deep into the regions of the soul, where love is both Universal and Divine. It is a love that beckons us to shed our own image and concepts of ourselves, in exchange for a love that is so vast and joyful, its eloquence can only be experienced rather than explained. How can we know the divine qualities from within? If we only know through metaphors, It's like when children ask what sex feels like and you answer, 'Like candy, so sweet.' (88) Rumi seems to realize mankind is comprised of many faiths, and he mentions many of them with dignity and respect. Yet Rumi's own experience takes him beyond religion, even his own. He often exchanges the word 'God' with 'Friend', and refers to himself and others who have achieved his enlightened state as 'Lovers'. Rumi's words and sublime wisdom ring true for us, as he shares his knowledge of the God-Friend in a both Universal and personal message. We are extremely fortunate to have the poetry of this selfless and compassionate mystic reach us through the fragile, and often forgetful, span of time. Because through Rumi's poetry, we seem to hear our own soul's call and longing to gently open like a beautiful and fragrant flower, and laugh with a tender and colorful sweetness. There is some kiss we want with our whole lives, the touch of spirit on the body (33) ~Brian Douthit author of 'Perfectly Said: when words become art'

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