A seminal collection of poetry from the medieval Sufi mystic—the most popular poet in America—and his “soul friend,” Shams Tabriz, which illuminate the evocative and deeply spiritual dimensions of friendship and love, compiled by the foremost Rumi translator and author of The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks.
In this stunning translation, Coleman Barks brings to light Rumi’s theme of “love as religion”—that to reach its most profound depths requires mindful practice—as well as love in its most meaningful form: soul friendship. These short poems by both Rumi and Shams Tabriz, rich in beauty and spiritual insight, capture the delight and the impermanence of these bonds that pierce deep into the human mind, heart, and soul.
Rumi’s poetry is honored and enjoyed by many traditions and cultures. Today, many people from all walks of life have moved beyond traditional notions of spirituality, embracing a sense of the sacred that transcends a singular religion, belief, or text. Rumi’s poetry speaks to them and nourishes their divine yearnings. Joyous and contemplative, provocative and playful, Rumi: Soul Fury is a sterling addition to the modern Rumi oeuvre, and is sure to be embraced by his wide and devoted readership.
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About 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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Shines an insistent and brilliant light In the 13th century, the Sufi poet Rumi befriended a mysterious wanderer named Shams Tabriz. Perhaps the central event in Rumi’s life, this relationship fueled many creative endeavors -- including a provocative and groundbreaking series of poems reflecting on the numerous meanings of friendship and love. These poems, rich in beauty and spiritual insight, make up the first half of the stunning new collection Rumi: Soul Fury. Compiled by renowned Rumi translator Coleman Barks, these translations capture the raw power of Rumi’s words and convey his universal celebration of love in its most meaningful form. The second half of the book is composed of the sayings of Shams Tabriz, which are expressed with an ornery and fierce intensity. It is a form of expression that is honest, clear and immediate, and coined by Barks as “soul fury.” Shams heals with "bitter medicine," while Rumi is kind and gentle in his teachings. Rumi: Soul Fury shines an insistent and brilliant light on how friendship and love can transform your life. -- Vicky Thompson, New Connexion Journal