Rumi: Poet Of Divine Ecstasy with Coleman Barks

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Drunk with the Divine, Rumi wrote twenty thousand poems expressing mystical, ineffable love for God. “There is a ferocity in his longing that maybe we don’t understand,” says Barks. Listen in and understand a little better. This is a wondrous, exhilarating look at the exultant poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi, the thirteenth-century Sufi poet, with Coleman Barks. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Coleman Barks is a renowned poet and bestselling author. 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.

He is the author of many books including:

To learn more about the work of Coleman Barks go to

Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 9/24/1986      Program Number: 2013