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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated; Unabridged edition (April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564558304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564558305
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 5.1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Coleman Barks was born on April 23, 1937, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1972 he has taught English at the University of Georgia at Athens. Barks received the New England/Breadloaf Quarterly Narrative Poem Prize and the Southern Poetry Review's Guy Owen Award. His collections of poetry include The Juice and Gourd Seed. Barks is perhaps better known as a translator of the poet Rumi, a thirteenth century Mystic. Rumi is cpnsidered the greatest mystic of the Sufi religion and wrote extensively in Farsi, the language of Iran.

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A translator of Rumi, Hafiz, and Lalla brings their words to life in an electric performance at a small club. The room is filled with awe for these thirteen- and fourteenth-century poets as the breathy, in-your-face narrator, Coleman Barks, holds his audience's attention in a death grip for the entire 74 minutes. The accompanying exotic music is as rough and interesting as the author's blue-collar voice--music so erotic and intrusive that for most listeners it will be either a fascinating listening focus or a huge distraction. The editor's sparse introductions are marvelously unpretentious. He seems to respect the listener's openness to the poems, rather than trying too hard to orchestrate how they are comprehended. T.W. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By "bpjammin" on March 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you are an admirer of the poetry of Rumi and the translations Coleman Barks, you will love this CD collection. In addition to Rumi, there are selections from two additional poets, Hafiz and Lalla, both of which compliment the selections from Rumi. Some of the readings are accompanied by music. Mr. Barks reads his translations in a relaxed and jovial manner, which displays his genuine affection for the works read.
This recording was made before a live audience and therefore lacks the polish of a studio recording, but makes up for it with the charm of being live and alive. There is no text of the poetry with the CD and the only liner notes are a brief bio of Coleman Barks.
If you are unfamiliar with the poetry of Rumi, this CD would be a good place to start. Rumi's poetry reflects his unabashed love for God, but without the hindrance of doctrinal constraints; it is spiritual without being religious.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cullen Anderson on August 4, 2005
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Colemen Barks captures the spirit of Rumi, Hafiz, and Lalla. I enjoy the Spiritual Essence revealed in his reading so much, that I have 3 copies of this, and have sent it to several friends. I have a copy for the car, the house, and the garden. Coleman has said he Becomes what Rumi has written when he recites this wonderful poetry. Yes, and it is apparent. A shiver runs the spine at the Recognition revealed in these readings.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Piccione on February 10, 2003
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Delicious. Uplifting. Reaffirming. Intoxicating. Necessary. (In other words: Get it, sit down, listen!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Franklin T. Butler on July 22, 2008
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Coleman Barks has captured the essence of Rumi with his captivating, mysterious southern voice giving the entire cd a mystical quality unmatched by anyone I have heard reading poetry. Anyone who wants to drink from the fountain of Rumi and find something different each time you pour a cup of timeless words, then you must have this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Strickland on May 12, 2007
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The title says it all. This is the opposite of cool, aloofness. This is broken open ecstacy. This elegant poetry, written centuries ago, is still fresh, evocative, poignant. The images of dancing under the night sky, of a breath on the face of your beloved, of a trail of tiny footprints evidencing the spiritual journey will stay with you. Coleman Barks' explanations add layers of depth and the musical accompaniment, heightens the urgency. At times, you can feel the universe moving around you.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy dePrisco on December 3, 2005
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Coleman Barks may be a brilliant translator, but this CD was a disappointment, mostly because of the slip-shod music production. Something more rehearsed, with better sounds and creative energy would have been nice. The mood of the text is completely contradicted by the cheesy music. And for anyone that says, "well, I bet you couldn't do better." Try me. (I'm a music producer and Rumi enthusiast, and I have half a mind to see just what I can do. Give me a call Mr. Barks - w w w . m i n d s p e a k . c o m
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet A. Day on February 22, 2008
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This is the best Rumi CD I have ever heard. There is exquisite depth of feeling in the performance.
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This cd was a gift from a friend whose tastes I respect. I was looking forward to listening in the evenings after lights out. I can only think that while she's read Rumi's poems, she's never heard Coleman Banks read them. First, Bank's' words in his translation were often stilted. For example in one line he used "indicated"(a rather stiff term poetically speaking)instead of "show." But worst of all, his delivery was choppy and wooden...with a country twang to boot. It was painful to listen to.
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