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A Year With Rumi: Daily Readings [Hardcover]

Coleman Barks
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Oct. 19 2006

Coleman Barks has played a central role in making the Sufi mystic Rumi the most popular poet in the world. A Year with Rumi brings together 365 of Barks's elegant and beautiful translations of Rumi's greatest poems, including fifteen never-before-published poems.

Barks includes an Introduction that sets Rumi in his context and an Afterword musing on poetry of the mysterious and the sacred. Join Coleman Barks and Rumi for a year-long journey into the mystical and sacred within and without. Join them in recognizing and embracing the divine in the sublime, in the ordinary, and in us all.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Feb. 24 2013
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A perfect way to begin the day. Rumi is enrapturing, beguiling - always emotional. A wonderful book to have and cherish for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speaking across many centuries July 15 2007
By Patrice - Published on Amazon.com
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Coleman Barks is a poet, and his treatments of Rumi bring that poetry into a contemporary context. Like everything that is not pure science, these things are, of course, matters of taste. I am not a Farsi scholar or speaker, but as I understand it - and this is fairly often discussed/hotly debated - the complexities of Sufi poetry in the original languages make it pretty much untranslatable. Here is part of Robet Bly's excellent review of Barks' work, he expresses it so well:

"Rumi has, to the recent amazement of many people in the Western culture as well as the Islamic culture, been able to speak directly to contemporary readers. One of the greatest pieces of good luck that has happened recently in American poetry is Coleman Barks's agreement to translate poem after poem of Rumi. Rumi, like Kabir, is able to contain and continue intricate theological arguments and at the same time speak directly from the heart or to the heart. Coleman's exquisite sensitivity to the flavor and turns of ordinary American speech has produced marvelous lines, full of flavor and Sufi humor, as well as the intimacy that is carried inside American speech at its best."
--Robert Bly

If the Barks translations speak to you, you'll likely love having a daily meditation book, which this is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daily Rumi Readings July 26 2008
By Barry S. Nickelsberg - Published on Amazon.com
Each day's reading has multiple levels to try to comprehend. Lots of fodder for thought and discussion. It would be fun to sit down at dinner each night and have a family discussion about that day's poem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rumi Sept. 11 2008
By Allison Bevilacqua - Published on Amazon.com
A little Rumi every day is very good for the soul. This English version of Rumi's poetry captures the essence of the original Farsi text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting... Nov. 25 2008
By Shari E. Vandergast - Published on Amazon.com
Honoring the great Sufi tradition, Coleman Barks translates Rumi in a way that anyone with a spiritual side can appreciate. I particularly appreciate this edition for Barks' editorial comments and for the volume of poetry. A great introduction to Rumi and Sufism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly beautiful and moving Jan. 25 2011
By P. Williford - Published on Amazon.com
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I love reading a passage every day. The only thing is, sometimes there are references to people I've never heard of and probably never will. Nevertheless, it is beautiful poetry that softens your heart and makes you think. If you love love, this book will add to your life. It makes a great gift.
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