Friday, June 12, 2009

Rumi, Barks, the expressive outlet of the Internet. It's all good.

I love the expressive possibilities of the Internet.

Listen to this man read Rumi ... with his southern accent, with his love of Rumi, with his desire to spread artistic beauty to al.

Here we have the voice of Coleman Barks. Who is he? From his his website:

Coleman Barks was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years. He is the author of numerous Rumi translations and has been a student of Sufism since 1977. His work with Rumi was the subject of an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers's Language of Life series on PBS, and he is a featured poet and translator in Bill Moyers's poetry special, "Fooling with Words." Coleman Barks is the father of two grown children and the grandfather of four. He lives in Athens, Georgia.

From Phil Catalfo:

There is a reason why 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 experience of what yoga calls union--with the Divine.

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