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Say I Am You: Poetry Interspersed with Stories of Rumi and Shams

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The friendship between these two saints of the Sufi tradition was a continuous conversation, in silence and words, presence talking to absence, existence to non-existence, periphery to center. This collection features dozens of newly translated poems interspersed with legends and stories of their lives, presenting an intimate portrait of their communion and allowing ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Maypop Books
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Apr 22, 2010 Robin rated it liked it
Recommended to Robin by: Elease
A lovely book with some beautiful poetry. Some favorite lines....

"Your own transformation,
like the play of wind with a flag, moves
in you now, that near, that simple."

"The world is an open green
in the middle of a garden."

"If you have times you don't ache with love,
you shouldn't be here with us."

"Each moment you call me to you
and ask how I am, even though you know.
The love I answer you with
stirs like wind through cypress."

"From cane reed, sugar.
From a worm's cocoon, silk.
Be patient if you can, and
Mar 01, 2015 Junko rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Beautiful translation that captures both the allegorical mysticism and spiritual wisdom of Rumi and Shams' teachings.
With gentle imploration we are instructed to stop searching among the branches for what appears only in the roots, to submerge ourselves in a profound love deep beneath the waves of the sea, eternally forming and unfolding.
Jennifer Morley
Jan 19, 2013 Jennifer Morley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: transformative, poems
Rumi is translated by the ever love-drunk Barks, which is a wonderful pairing. These poems pull you in to your own soul, invite you to a laugh around the table with friends, and leave you wondering who you just met. Beautiful, alive, flowing, you move through Rumi's river of spirit in a trance. You come into this trance again and again each time you pick up the book. It is never finished.
Jul 11, 2011 Elizabetha rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of my favourite books EVER. A friend gave it to me 6 years ago, and I always have it somewhere close, and if I go on a trip I always bring it. Every page has something beautiful on it. Amazing book.
Jeff Lampson
Rumi poetry always provides interesting wisdom and insights useful to leaders and OD practitioners alike. I always enjoy translations from Coleman Barks.
Jul 16, 2010 Joje rated it really liked it
Gift from Kristen. Full of gems even if not a sufi oneself. Each opening, opens more, as in ''A shadow can't ignore the sun that all day creates and moves it''.
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Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages, and he has been described as the most popular poet and the best-selling poet in the United States.

His poetry has influenced Persian literature, but also Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Azerbaijani, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu, as well as the l
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