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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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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: 204,392
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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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    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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