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The Illuminated Rumi

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Hardcover Book
October, 1997
$39.95 CAD
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As the nectarine vision of Rumi hovers ever nearer the “main stream” of our culture, this intriguing meeting of words and visuals, of ancient tradition and modern interpretation, brings together the timeless poetic blossomings of Rumi, the 13th century Sufi poet and philosopher, with some extraordinary, contemporary, full-colour collages that nimbly and awesomely evoke the richness of Rumi’s teachings.

The ecstatic poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi is immensely popular, in large part due to the sensitive and generous translations of Coleman Barks (The Essential Rumi). Barks does frequent concert performances often weaving Rumi’s words with dance, percussion and melody. Here he joins with Michael Green in a magical mystery tour interweaving some of Rumi’s most juicy poems—including many new translations—with original visual interpretations in the illuminated tradition, as well as Barks’s own commentary and musings on the poems and Rumi’s current relevance.

Rumi’s passionate, playful poems illuminate the journey of a life, offering “well-cooked” insights into the meaning of “self,” of “light,” of moth and of flame. That is, enlightenment. To complement and enrich these translations, Green has created artwork combining typography, original art, copies of old masters, photographs and prints. Quite nifty, actually—the eye is charmed into the fragrance of the Friend.

Whether or not Rumi ever imagined such a thing, with this gift book he has arrived on the chai and coffee tables of the 21st century!

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Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey to the ocean of meanings...

In the mid-thirteenth century, in a dusty marketplace in Konya, Turkey, a city where Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist travelers mingled, Jelaluddin Rumi, a popular philosopher and scholar, met Shams of Tabriz, a wandering dervish.Their meeting forever altered the course of Rumi's life and influenced the mystical evolution of the planet.The bond they formed was everlasting--a powerful transcendent friendship that would flow through Rumi as some of the world's best-loved ecstatic poetry.

Rumi's passionate, playful poems find and celebrate sacred life in everyday existence.They speak across all traditions, to all peoples, and today his relevance and popularity continue to grow.In The Illuminated Rumi, Coleman Barks, widely regarded as the world's premier translator of Rumi's writings, presents some of his most brilliant work, including many new translations.To complement Rumi's universal vision, Michael Green has worked the ancient art of illumination into a new, visually stunning form that joins typography, original art, old masters, photographs, and prints with sacred images from around the world.

The Illuminated Rumi is a truly groundbreaking collaboration that interweaves word and image: a magnificent meeting of ancient tradition and modern interpretation that uniquely captures the spiritual wealth of Rumi's teachings.Coleman Barks's wise and witty commentary, together with Michael Green's art, makes this a classic guide to the life of the soul for a whole new generation of seekers.The ecstatic poetry of jelaluddin rumi is more popular today than ever and coleman barks, his pre-eminent translator, has expressed rumi’s message in the essential rumi, appearances in concert and on tv, and now this magically illustrated edition with acclaimed author and illustrator michael green. It includes many new translations, illuminated by green in a mixture of styles, as well as barks’s commentaries and musings on the poems and their relevance today.

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