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Monday, 30 January 2006

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Dana Huff

Every time I see a reference to Rumi, I think of my Poetry professor, Coleman Barks, who is one of the more famous translators of Rumi's work.

moon

Hello there, dear friend!

thank you for visiting me and responding with such beauty.
Moon loving is born in my few month ago, i wouldn't be able to tell why is that so...
but i'm inlove :)
and am sensitive to it's wonders more then ever before...
i loved your Rilke quoting
"You, darkness, that I come from, I love you more than all the fires that fence in the world"
and you are one of the favorite place i love to visit...i love Rumi as well
his love poems are divin and inspirational:
here is one:
In the lover's heart is a lute

Which plays the melody of longing.

You say he looks crazy-

That's only because your ears are not tuned

To the music by which he dances

Rumi

shamash

Dana: I have three of Coleman Barks translations on my bookshelf; you are so lucky to have had him as a professor!

One of the favorite interviews with poets is Bill Moyers' "The Language of Life" series (video, then transcripts of the interviews in book form) was Coleman Barks. Did he ever tell you the story of the city where Rumi is to have born and his connection to it? I love his southern accent... but then again, perhaps YOU have a southern accent? ;-)

Moon: Good to hear from you! Your blog is one of my favorites! And speaking of favorites: here's another one of my favorite poems by Rumi:

"The way of love is not
a subtle argument.

The door there
is devastation.

Birds make great sky-circles
of their freedom.
How do they learn it?

They fall, and falling,
they're given wings." - Rumi

Flying Monk

Hey there!
Last but not least... Happy New Year dear Shamash!
I could not write you earlier (not even email), but i'll explain as soon as you email me back... not on the account we used to correspond (these stupid guys shut it down with everything in it!), but on the one I left on your blog!
Reading your last posts, makes me feel you are doing ok... aren't you?!
Poetry, good music and new kitties (sweet by the way)... the best way to keep you in a good mood!
T. is very hot and humid... a bit like Y., but kitties here have bigger teeth, and eat a all zebra just for lunch!
Wish I had one when I used to live in this friendly Asian country...
And as a conclusion, if whatever I love, I am... then I might really be a flying monk!!!
Catch up with you soon :0)

moon

beautiful poem!!!
hope i can copy it :)

Hussein

Hello there, dear friend!
your site is nice
Then to the lip of this poor earthen UrnI lean'd, the Secret of my Life to learn:And Lip to Lip it murmur'd--"While you liveDrink!--for, once dead, you never shall return."

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