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Coleman Barks, "Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing", 2010


Coleman Barks begins the preface of his gazillionth book of Rumi translations by saying:
"I have sold too many books"
. Maybe so, but he hasn't tired of translating and retranslating Rumi. And people never seem to tire of reading the great Sufi mystic. Here, Barks delves into Rumi's take on love, retranslating dozens of poems he first adapted for The Essential Rumi (1995) and offering a few new translations. Rumi's love was, of course, about a great deal more than romance. Seeking annihilation in the Divine, Rumi basked in many forms of divine love, from his passionate (and, some argue, homoerotic) love for his teacher Shams to a reverence for the natural world. Barks has been criticized for basing his reworkings of Rumi on English translations instead of the original texts, but the two poets together are clearly a magical combination. Rumi's copious metaphorical expressions of love and the importance of unifying with it make wonderful reading. If Barks' versions are fast and loose, they are also, like Rumi himself, beautiful and accessible.
-- John Green


Contents

Preface... xi
Introduction: The Magnificent Regions of the Heart... xvii
A Brief Account of Rumi’s Life... xxi

1. Spontaneous Wandering
... 1
Excuse my wandering... 3
Five Things... 3
The Many Wines... 4
Cooked Heads... 6
Where You Love From... 6
You’ve so distracted me... 7
In your light I learn how to love... 7
Drumsound rises on the air... 8
Are you jealous of the ocean’s generosity?... 8
There’s Nothing Ahead... 8

2. Sohbet: Who You Talking To?
... 10
Response to Your Question... 12
If you want what visible reality can give... 13
Special Plates... 13
You Are Not Your Eyes... 14
What Was Said to the Rose... 15
The Music... 15
Imrau ‘l-Qays... 16

3. The Superabundance of Ordinary Being
... 18
Zuleikha... 19
Put This Design in Your Carpet... 20
The Road Home... 21
This Is Enough... 22
Uzayr... 22
Out of nowhere a horse... 23
Amazed Mouth... 23
Birdsong, wind... 24
Begin... 24

4. Sudden Wholeness
... 25
This Market... 26
The Music We Are... 26
Walnuts... 27
You, that come to birth and bring the mysteries... 29
No Better Gift... 29
This moment this love comes to rest in me... 30
The clear bead at the center changes everything... 30
A thousand half-loves... 30
Pattern... 30
Auction... 31

5. Escaping into Silence
... 32
Quietness... 33
Some Kiss We Want... 33
The Waterwheel... 34
Blessing the Marriage... 35
Two Days of Silence... 35
I hear nothing in my ear but your voice... 36
Which is worth more, a crowd of thousands... 36
Passage into Silence... 37

6. A New Life
... 38
Escaping to the Forest... 41
Love comes sailing through, and I scream... 41
Any Chance Meeting... 42
Nasuh’s Changing... 42
If you love love... 42
What I say makes me drunk... 43
The Circle... 43

7. Grief
... 45
The Death of Saladin... 46
Birdwings... 47
The Silent Articulation of a Face... 47
The Allure of Love... 49
Sky-Circles... 49
I Throw It All Away... 50
Your Face... 50
I’ve broken through to longing now... 51
The center leads to love... 51
My work is to carry this love... 51
Pale sunlight... 51
The Purpose of Emotion... 52
The ground’s generosity takes in our compost... 52

8. Tavern Madness
... 53
I am a glass of wine with dark sediment... 55
Smoke... 55
I’m Not Saying This Right... 56
Who Says Words with my Mouth?... 56
We have a huge barrel of wine, but no cups... 57
Real value comes with madness... 57
A Cap to Wear in Both Worlds... 58
Midnight, but your forehead... 58
There’s a strange frenzy in my head... 58
Fringe... 59
Drunks fear the police... 59
The Ache and Confusion... 60
Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy... 60
Wonder Without Willpower... 60

9. Absence
... 62
Like Light Over This Plain... 64
Candlelight Becomes Moth... 65
The Basket of Fresh Bread... 65
When you are with everyone but me... 67
This Torture... 68

10. Animal Energies
... 69
Think that you’re gliding out from the face of a cliff... 73
The Public Bath... 73
Mashallah... 74
Spirit and Body... 75
Breadmaking... 75
Sexual Urgency and True Virility... 78
Two Ways of Running... 83

11. Love’s Secret
... 86
Close to Being True... 88
What Hurts the Soul?... 88
Love is the way messengers... 89
Hidden Inside... 89
If everyone could see what love is... 90
They try to say what you are, spiritual or sexual... 91
Come to the orchard in spring... 91

12. Love’s Discipline
... 92
Who Makes These Changes?... 93
Drowning... 93
The Dog Problem... 94
Zikr... 94
The Core of Masculinity... 96
Clear Being... 96
The Soul’s Friend... 97
Longing... 98
The morning wind spreads its fresh smell... 98
What Draws You?... 98
Fear... 99
A Teacher’s Pay... 99
Looking into the Creek... 100
The Polisher... 100

13. Shift from Romance to Friendship
... 102
Burnt Kabob... 103
Sitting in the Orchard... 104
The Prince of Kabul... 104
The Wrist... 111
If the beloved is everywhere... 112
The King, the Handmaiden, and the Doctor... 112
Reason has no way to say... 117

14. Union
... 118
The Sunrise Ruby... 120
The Generations I Praise... 121
One Swaying Being... 121
Held like this, to draw in milk... 122
Hangover Remorse... 122
Soul, Heart, and Body One Morning... 123
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty... 123
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing... 123

15. Die Before You Die
... 124
Judge a moth by the beauty of its candle... 124
Husam... 124
Lovers are alive to the extent... 125
That Quick... 126
Empty Boat... 126
In the slaughterhouse of love they kill only... 127
I Trust You... 127
Imadu’l-Mulk... 128
You have said what you are... 129
Some nights stay up till dawn... 129

16. Harsh Evidence
... 130
Kharraqani’s Marriage... 132
Harsh Evidence... 133
The Stupid Things I’ve Done... 133
Candle at Noon... 134
Dervishes... 134
Doves... 134
When Words Are Tinged with Lying... 135
There You Are... 136
A night full of talking that hurts... 137
There’s a shredding that’s really a healing... 137
Dance, when you’re broken open... 138
All I know of spirit... 138
Your Defects... 138

17. Meditation Pavane
... 139
Rules About Restraint... 142
The Company of Lovers... 142
The Look That Opens... 143
Straw and Grasses... 143
Friend, our closeness is this... 144

18. Love Dogs
... 145
The Ocean Surge... 145
Love Dogs... 146
Inside water, a waterwheel turns... 147
No better love than love with no object... 147
A Great Wagon... 147
Blasphemy and the Core... 148
You’re song... 149
Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to... 149

19. One Stroke Down
... 150
Lightning, your presence... 151
I can break off from anyone... 151
The Friend comes into my body... 151
Wooden Cages... 152
More Range... 153
Ayaz and the King’s Pearl... 153
Hallaj... 156

20. Love’s Excess
... 157
The Source of Joy... 159
Roses Underfoot... 160
Poetry... 161
Birdsong from Inside the Egg... 161
Eastern Mystery... 162
No Flag... 163

21. Love’s Bewilderment
... 164
God only knows, I don’t... 165
I reach for a piece of wood. It turns into a lute... 165
In complete control, pretending control... 165
Moses and the Shepherd... 166
The minute I heard my first love story... 169
Morning Wind... 170
The Ocean’s Motion... 170
Ignorance... 171

22. Lord of the Heart
... 173
I am so small I can barely be seen... 174
Eyes... 175
I am filled with you... 175
When you feel your lips becoming infinite... 176
The Granary... 176
The Gazing-House... 178
The Guest House... 179
The One Thing You Must Do... 181
This We Have Now... 182

A Note on Translation
... 183
Notes... 185
Index of Titles and First Lines... 195
About the Author... 204
Credits... 205
Cover... 206
Copyright... 207
About the Publisher... 208
_____________________________________________
ISBN: 0060750502, HarperOne, 2005, - 240 p.
Download: http://sufibooks.info/Rumi/Rumi_The_Book_of_Love_Coleman_Barks.pdf
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