When the Persian mystic poet Rumi met the wild dervish Shams Tabriz, he said, "What I had thought of before as God, I met today in a human being." Rumi's poetry grew out of their evolving friendship, explains translator Coleman Barks, and continues into the present, "widening and deepening to become an atmosphere that dissolves boundaries and lets us breathe more freely." On Just Being Here, Coleman joins a close companion of his own--Grammy®-winning cellist David Darling--to present a meticulously crafted three-CD celebration of friendship through Rumi's beloved poetry.
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November 09, 2011 331 0Add
Just Being Here: Rumi and Human Friendship 2011-11-09 05:46:30 Julie Clayton
Reviewed by Julie Clayton November 09, 2011
Last updated: November 10, 2011
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This audio collection of Rumi’s poetry on friendship are often more like parables than poems—stories that literally and metaphorically take you to another time and place. Bark’s distinct voice is accompanied by David Darling’s beautiful music, and the combination creates a lyrical doorway into the deepest parts of the soul and psyche. As I listened, I found my attention unavoidably drifting off as my consciousness was magically transported into my previous night’s dreams, which seeped through and superseded waking awareness. Magically, it did not seem to matter that I had consciously missed some of the words, for on my return of awareness to the reading I was immediately attuned with the story as if I had never left. Each poem has its own sacred and literary quality that soothes, delights, awakens, and intrigues. The 3-cd set includes five of Coleman Bark’s own poems, equally compelling.
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