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The Hand of Poetry: Five Mystic Poets of Persia: Translations from the Poems of Sanai, Attar, Rumi, Saadi and Hafiz
The book offer entrance into a world and beauty and truth. Its method is two-fold. First it presents five important lectures on Persian poetry given by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, who brought Sufis to the West. Then it offers fresh translations by the poet Coleman Barks of some of the poetry Inayat Khan discusses, designed to provide readers with ready access to at least a...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Omega Publications (NY)
(first published May 1st 1993)
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Medieval Persian Philosopher-Poets: Rumi, Hāfez, Omar Khayyám and ‘Attār of Nishapur
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Coleman Barks is an American poet. Despite the fact that he admittedly speaks no Persian, he is world-renowned as a translator of Rumi and other mystic poets of Persia. Barks taught literature at the University of Georgia for three decades. He makes frequent international appearances and is well-known throughout the Middle East. Barks's work has contributed to an extremely strong following of Rumi...moreMore about Coleman Barks...