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The Glance: Songs of Soul-Meeting
     

The Glance: Songs of Soul-Meeting

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by Rumi
 

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In 1244, the brilliant poet Rumi and the wandering dervish Shams of Tabriz met and immediately fell into a deep spiritual connection. The Glance taps a major, yet little explored theme in Rumi's poetry-the mystical experience that occurs in the meeting of the eyes of the lover and the beloved, parent and child, friend and soul mate.

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In 1244, the brilliant poet Rumi and the wandering dervish Shams of Tabriz met and immediately fell into a deep spiritual connection. The Glance taps a major, yet little explored theme in Rumi's poetry-the mystical experience that occurs in the meeting of the eyes of the lover and the beloved, parent and child, friend and soul mate.

Coleman Barks's new translations of these powerful and complex poems capture Rumi's range from the ethereal to the everyday. They reveal the unique place of human desire, love, and ecstasy, where there exists not just the union of two souls, but the crux of the universe.

Here is a new kind of love lyric for our time-one of longing, connection, and wholeness.

Editorial Reviews

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"Barks's translation is fluid and clear, further strengthening his reputation as one of the foremost Rumi experts writing in English today." —Kirkus Reviews

"Here are some of the most beautiful love lyrics ever spoken....Barks's translations are justly famous for their bell-like clarity and sharp simplicity. A highly desirable book, in all senses of desire." —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101127803
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Series:
Compass
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
150 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Barks's translation is fluid and clear, further strengthening his reputation as one of the foremost Rumi experts writing in English today." —Kirkus Reviews

"Here are some of the most beautiful love lyrics ever spoken....Barks's translations are justly famous for their bell-like clarity and sharp simplicity. A highly desirable book, in all senses of desire." —Booklist

Meet the Author

Called 'Jelaluddin Balkhi' by the Persians and Afghans, Rumi was born on September 30, 1207, in Balkh, Afghanistan, then a part of the Persian Empire. Between 1215 and 1220, he and his family fled the threat of the invading Mongols and emigrated to Konya, Turkey; it was sometime after this that he became known as 'Rumi' meaning 'from Roman Anatolia'. His father, Bahauddin Walad, was a theologian and a mystic, and after his death Rumi took over the role of sheikh in the dervish learning community in Konya. Rumi pursued the life of an orthodox religious scholar until 1244 when he encountered the wandering dervish, Shams of Tabriz. After an exchange of religious ideas Shams and Rumi became inseparable friends, transported into a world of pure, mystical, conversation. This intense relationship left Rumi's students feeling neglected, and, feeling the ill-will, Shams disappeared. After news of Shams came from Damascus, Rumi's son was sent to bring him back, and the mystical conversation, or sohbet, began again. After Shams' second disappearance (he was probably murdered), and a period spent searching for his lost friend, Rumi came to the conclusion that Shams was now a part of him. Further concluding that when he wrote poetry it was Shams writing through him, he called his huge collection of odes and quatrains The Works of Shams of Tabriz. Following Shams' death Rumi had two other mystical companions, firstly Saladin Zarkub, a goldsmith, and then, after Saladin's death, Husam Chelebi, Rumi's scribe and student. It was Husam that Rumi declared the source of his vast six-volume masterwork Mathnawi. After twelve years of work on this masterpiece Rumi died on December 17, 1273.
Colemam Barks taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years and has been a student of Sufism since 1977. The translator of numerous Rumi works, his work with the poet was featured in an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers's Language of Life series. He lives in Athens, Georgia.

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The Glance: Songs of Soul-Meeting 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
imahawkeye1990 More than 1 year ago
Rumi reaches me quite like no other writer I've experienced. I find myself drawn to a particular poem for several days & with each re-reading coaxed a little deeper. Due to it's size, this book is easy to keep with me & I find myself pulling it out at a stoplight or during a dull meeting. This would be a beautiful gift to introduce someone to Rumi.
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