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Barks, Coleman

Works: 236 works in 490 publications in 3 languages and 17,116 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biography  Biographical films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Educational films  Internet videos  History  Lyric poetry 
Roles: Author, Translator, Performer, Interviewee, Adapter, Editor, Narrator, Other, Commentator, Commentator for written text
Classifications: PK6480.E5, 891.5511
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Coleman Barks
The essential Rumi by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī( Book )

34 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive collection of ecstatic poetry that delights with its energy and passion, The Essential Rumi brings the vibrant, living words of famed thirteenth-century Sufi mystic Jelalludin Rumi to contemporary readers
Winter sky : new and selected poems, 1968-2008 by Coleman Barks( )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the foremost translator of thirteenth-century mystic poet Jalal Al-Din Rumi, Coleman Barks reaches a devoted, inspired, and ever-widening international audience. Yet the foundation for Barks's work as a translator is his own significant body of work as a poet. Winter Sky offers a selection from Barks's seven previously published books combined with a group of new poems. Barks's open-hearted, free verse poetry is infused with a joy of the spirit at play with the forms of the world. His journey through life is deeply embedded in his work. The poems spring directly from experience and engage with subjects such as the elation and struggle of having and raising children, grief over the deaths of loved ones, the transition from parent to grandparent, or the changing nature and intensity of desire. Barks's open letter to President Bush, written days before the invasion of Iraq and widely circulated online, is a poetic plea for peace, offering a startling and moving alternative to war. Whether it is the childhood excitement of being named best athlete at summer camp or the early signs of dementia at the age of seventy, Barks uses the personal to convey the universal. The unique flow of a life is here in poems that are rueful, confused, torn, and grateful, but always informed by Barks's transcendent sense of joy and playfulness
Rumi : the big red book : the great masterpiece celebrating mystical love and friendship by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī( Book )

19 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and held by 1,276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rumi's "Divani Shamsi Tabriz" ("The Works of Shams of Tabriz"--Named in honor of Rumi's spiritual teacher and friend) is a collection of lyric poems that contain more than 40,000 verses by America's bestselling poet, and is a classic of Persian literature. Its most familiar form is as a big red book, hence the name. Coleman Barks is famous for his renderings of Rumi's poetry and his work on these particular poems has never been published anywhere. This book represents over thirty-three years on Rumi's seminal classic"--
Hummingbird sleep : poems, 2009-2011 by Coleman Barks( )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poems inHummingbird Sleep move associatively between Coleman Barks's personal experience and his extensive reading, weaving together a wild and eclectic range of material. A discussion of Plotinus, Barks's appearance on PBS NewsHour, a note Keats once left on Wordsworth's mantelpiece, a splinter in the heel, and a quote from the Upanishads-all make their way into Barks's most recent poems, which achieve intimacy and expansiveness at the same time
I am by Tom Shadyac( Visual )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Don't know who Tom Shadyac is? As a writer and a director, Shadyac first unleashed Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Nutty Professor remake on the world, and then a string of film fiascoes, but that's all behind him now. A bike accident left him with a host of debilitating maladies and brought him to the verge of suicide, so he took stock of his life and set out on a quest to answer some of life's greatest questions. What's wrong with the world? How do we go about fixing it? Is the fundamental nature of man essentially benevolent or cruel? So he traveled around, enlisting the aid of what he calls "significant minds"--Journalists, scientists, spiritual leaders, scholars-- to understand life's essential questions. "I Am" is his documentary about this quest
The soul of Rumi : a new collection of ecstatic poems by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects newly translated and annotated poems by the thirteenth-century Sufi mystic covering topics including silence, God, play, friendship, grief, and music
Rumi : the book of love : poems of ecstasy and longing by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: The Sufi mystic and poet Jalaluddin Rumi is most beloved for his poems expressing the ecstasies and mysteries of love in all its forms-erotic, platonic, divine-and Coleman Barks presents the best of them in this delightful and inspiring collection. Rendered with freshness, intensity, and beauty as Barks alone can do, these startling and rich poems range 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 to the immersion in divine love. Rumi, the ultimate poet of love, explores all "the magnificent regions of the heart," and he opens you to the lover within. Coleman Barks has made this medieval, Persian-born (present-day Afghanistan) poetic and spiritual genius the most popular poet in America today. This seductive volume reveals Rumi's charms and depths more than any other
Rumi : bridge to the soul : journeys into the music and silence of the heart by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Barks, who was recently awarded an honorary doctorate in Persian language and literature by the University of Tehran for his thirty years of translating Rumi, has collected and translated ninety new poems, most of them never published before in any form."--Provided by publisher
The illuminated Rumi by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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."--Jacket
Open secret : versions of Rumi by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 1999 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These quatrains and odes, many appearing here in English for the first time, reveal a most human and accessible side of this great poet and mystic. They are the personal records of one man's encounter with the Divine"--Publisher's description, back cover
The hand of poetry : five mystic poets of Persia : translations from the poems of Sanai, Attar, Rumi, Saadi and Hafiz by Inayat Khan( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hand of Poetry offers entrance into the world of beauty and truth. Seven lectures on Persian poets and poetry given by Hazrat Inayat Khan are followed by fresh translations from the poert Coleman Barks. The greatest poets of Persia - Sanai, Attar, Rumi, Saadi, and Hafiz - are brought to life for new generation of readers
A year with Rumi : daily readings by Coleman Barks( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coleman Barks has played a central role in making the Sufi mystic Rumi the most popular poet in the world. A Year with Rumi brings together 365 of Barks's elegant and beautiful translations of Rumi's greatest poems, including fifteen never-before-published poems. Barks includes an Introduction that sets Rumi in his context and an Afterword musing on poetry of the mysterious and the sacred. Join Coleman Barks and Rumi for a year-long journey into the mystical and sacred within and without. Join them in recognizing and embracing the divine in the sublime, in the ordinary, and in us all
Rumi : poet of the heart( Visual )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A critical appreciation of the life and work of the mystical poet Rumi. Includes live performances of his poems, as translated by Coleman Barks
The illuminated prayer : the five-times prayer of the Sufis as revealed by Jellaludin Rumi & Bawa Muhaiyaddeen by Coleman Barks( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prayer is a drawing of the curtain, an invitation to a secret place that is discovered and explored. ... According to tradition and the testimony of Sufi mystics, The Prayer--or Salat--was first taught by the angels, who themselves practiced it in celestial adoration. The Prayer is God's gift to all humankind, and in this gorgeously illustrated volume, its simple, archetypal practice unfolds like a fragrant, many-petaled flower, joining words and movements into a single luminous event that engages our entire being. These ancient rituals are presented here as a gift for anyone with a heartfelt desire to set aside for a moment the concerns of every day and enter a sacred time and space in which to explore the beckonings of the spirit. The authors take us through the words, movements, and hidden meanings of the Call to Prayer, the Ablutions, The Prayer itself, and the Peaceful Embrace afterwards. Faithful practice lends a sacred rhythm to each day and creates a psychological force that helps us nurture and express a profound inner harmony. This first, marvelously accessible interpretation of The Prayer also offers a compelling introductin to the wisdom and teachings of the beloved contemporary Sufi master Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, who brought new life to this mystical tradition by opening a passage to its deepest, universal realities. It is the loving handiwork of two of Bawa's best-known students, Coleman Barks and Michael Green, who also created The Illuminated Rumi. Like a jewel given extra brilliance by its setting, The Prayer is surrounded by the wisdom and understanding of the thirteenth-century Sufi master Rumi, whose generous poetry has become an essential canon for modern-day seekers in the West. The final gift is the Primeval Kalima, the core practice and most profound teaching of the Sufi, the "open secret" that leads to Divine Luminous Wisdom. From the Hardcover edition
The drowned book : ecstatic and earthy reflections of Bahauddin, the father of Rumi by Bahāʼ al-Dīn Valad( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Feeling the shoulder of the lion : selected poetry and teaching stories from the Mathnawi by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These selections from Rumi's Mathnawi-a classic of Sufi spiritual literature-express the "lion's roar" of courage, discipline, clarity, and integrity. The lion represents the fierce intensity that recognizes no authority except the highest truth. At the same time, Rumi's lion is full of heart and devotion. Through these poems the reader will explore the qualities that are vital to the spiritual aspirant who seeks to overcome the imprisonment of ego
This longing : poetry, teaching stories, and selected letters by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The juice by Coleman Barks( Book )

4 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Moyers( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Episode 1. Welcome to the mainland: Sekou Sundiata "oralizes" in polyrhythmic, jazz-influenced performances; Naomi Shihab Nye seeks universal truths in everyday objects and experiences
Rumi : turning ecstatic( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film retraces Tina Petrova's spiritual journey over the past five years -- an experience that began with a near-fatal car crash, and ended with the wondrous discovery of Rumi and the many scholars around the world who illuminate his words and his works today
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The essential Rumi
Winter sky : new and selected poems, 1968-2008Rumi : the big red book : the great masterpiece celebrating mystical love and friendshipThe soul of Rumi : a new collection of ecstatic poemsRumi : the book of love : poems of ecstasy and longingRumi : bridge to the soul : journeys into the music and silence of the heartThe illuminated RumiOpen secret : versions of RumiThe hand of poetry : five mystic poets of Persia : translations from the poems of Sanai, Attar, Rumi, Saadi and Hafiz
Alternative Names
Coleman Barks

Coleman Barks Amerikaans taalkundige

Coleman Barks poeta estadounidense

Coleman Barks poeta estatunidenc

Coleman Barks poète américain

Coleman Barks US-amerikanischer Dichter und Übersetzer

Коулмэн Баркс

בארקס, קולמן, 1937-

كولمان باركس شاعر أمريكي

کلمن بارکس زبان‌شناس، مترجم، نویسنده، و شاعر آمریکایی

バークス, コールマン

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