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When asked about living a life of the heart, Coleman Barks says, "Rumi has many ways of talking about that. Somehow breaking the container of the ego and moving out into some mystery." He says, 'Jars of spring water are not enough anymore. Being contained is not enough. Take us down to the river and then eventually to the ocean, the shoreless ocean.' [There is a] kind of tenderness toward existence and a generosity toward human beings, and I'm still trying to learn it from doing the poems and just living my life." In this far ranging conversation, Barks takes us on a journey with stories of Rumi: Rumi talking to the ducks, his meeting with Shams, his fleeing Afghanistan with his father and 90 camels loaded with books, and more. Barks also talks of his own teacher, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, and his first encounter with him in a dream, as well as Bawa's death and burial. All of this is delightfully interspersed with the reading of some poems from Rumi: The Big Red Book. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Coleman Barks is a renowned poet and bestselling author. He was prominently featured in both of Bill Moyer’s 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 www.colemanbarks.com.
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 12/12/2010 Program Number: 3393
From Album: Call of the Mystic Artist: Karunesh 2004 Real Music RM 4159
Opening Essay: Track 04 Mount Kailash Music Break 1: Track 01 For the Joy of it All Music Break 2: Track 08 Ancient Voices Music Break 3: Track 03 Monsoon's Dance
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