The Soul of Rumi
A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems
By Coleman Barks
(HarperOne, Paperback, 9780060604523, 448pp.)
Publication Date: September 2002
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The Soul of Rumi is renowned poet Coleman Barks' first major assemblage of newly translated Rumi poems since his bestselling The Essential Rumi.
Coleman Barks presents entirely new translations of Rumi's poems, published for the first time in The Soul of Rumi. The poems range over the breadth of Rumi's themes: silence, emptiness, play, God, peace, grief, sexuality, music, to name just a few. But the focus is on the ecstatic experience of human and divine love and their inseparability, conveyed with Rumi's signature passion, daring, and insights into the human heart and the heart's longings.
Coleman Barks is 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.
“The gold of Rumi pours down through Coleman’s words. The words leap off the page and dance!”
-Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
“The best of Rumi’s beautiful and challenging imagery.”
“Coleman Barks’s Rumi translations [make] Rumi’s raptures accessible in language at once ordinary and lyrical.”
“Rumi will transform you, in ways you didn’t know you needed transforming.”
-Jerry Stahl, in Shout NY