Coleman Barks is a renowned poet and the bestselling author of The Essential Rumi, Rumi: The Big Red Book, The Soul of Rumi, Rumi: The Book of Love, and The Drowned Book. He was prominently featured in both of Bill Moyers' PBS television series on poetry, The Language of Life and Fooling with Words. He taught English and poetry at the University of Georgia for thirty years, and he now focuses on writing, readings, and performances.
Rumi is best known for his poems expressing the ecstasies and mysteries of love of all kinds?erotic, divine, friendship?and Coleman barks collects here the best of those poems, ranging from the ?wholeness? one experiences with a true lover, to the grief of a lover?s loss, and all the states in between: from the madness of sudden love to the shifting of a romance to deep friendship poems cover all ?the magnificent regions of the heart.? in Coleman barks?s delightful and wise renderings, these poems will open your heart and soul to the lovers inside and out.