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The Soul of Rumi

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The Soul of Rumi

A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems

By Coleman Barks

HarperOne, Paperback, 9780060604523, 448pp.

Publication Date: September 17, 2002


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.

Praise For The Soul of Rumi

“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.”
-Yoga Journal

“Rumi will transform you, in ways you didn’t know you needed transforming.”
-Jerry Stahl, in Shout NY