The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing
HarperOne, 9780060750503, 240pp.
Publication Date: January 18, 2005
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′.
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.
Praise For Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing…
— Roger Housden, author of Ten Poems to Change Your Life and Chasing Rumi
“It’s a mystery how heart can come into apparently simple English.”
— Robert Bly, National Book Award-winning poet and translator