Sufism

An Exalted Sky, Exulting

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Barks recalls that “in June of 1976, Robert Bly gave me a writing assignment: He handed me a copy of A.J. Arberry’s translations of Rumi’s poems and he said, ‘These poems need to be released from their cages’
That ‘releasing’ has taken the form of several books: The Essential
Rumi, Unseen Rain, Like This, The Big Red Book, and others. So those
poems found a new freedom, a new sky to move in. Now this new ‘Sky’
for some Rumi poems. Rumi was a great master of the short poem.
We should let our souls learn new ways of gliding and soaring in his
exalted sky. Thank you, Robert.” What makes this collection of Rumi poems by Coleman Barks special and different from his previous volumes is its personal touch. Included are his own reflections on a selection of these poems. His explanation of how the title was chosen and the gratitude he expresses to all who have inspired him is touching.

  • 9781941610909
  • Paperback
  • 136

Product Description

What makes this collection of Rumi poems by Coleman Barks special and different from his previous volumes is its personal touch. This book offers a chance to read the poetry of Coleman Barks accompanied by personal reflections, as well as personal annotations of some of his latest Rumi poems.  Included are his own reflections on a selection of these poems.

Coleman Barks is an American poet and former literature faculty at the University of Georgia, known and loved for the accessibility of his English translations of more than a dozen volumes of Rumi’s poetry, including The Illuminated Rumi (1997) and The Essential Rumi (1995), often in collaboration with Persian scholar John Moyne. Barks’s translation work was the focus of an episode of Bill Moyers’s PBS series The Language of Life, and he has collaboratively produced his Rumi translations with music and dance ensembles including the Paul Winter Consort and Zuleikha.

Contents

An Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
The Poems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
A Note for the End . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

About the Author ……………………………………………………………. 184

Reviews

Mountain to mountain cannot reach but heart to heart can. Coleman Barks with his new book, An Exalted Sky, Exulting reaches to the hearts of those who believe that God is love and love is God. Coleman fills the souls of millions of people with the fragrances of the dawn-scented flowers of Rumi's poetry. Coleman whispers to our hearts with a Divine message that through love we live forever. Without it, we die every minute.
Masood Khalili, Warrior and Poet of Afghanistan