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Translating Ecstasy: Coleman Barks on Rumi with a Side of Curry

Coleman Barks, preeminent translator of the 13th-century mystic poet Rumi, squirms audibly at the suggestion that he may be a prophet. He says only, “I can write and recognize poetry when I hear it.” He describes a prophet as “someone through whom some revelation can come — and ...


The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems

There’s a reason the thirteenth-century Sufi mystic Jallaludin Rumi is the best-selling poet in America today: His words express the ineffable longing to merge with the eternal; they reach across eight centuries to speak to us, in our sullen era, and offer not just the vision but also the e...