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Winter Sky: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2008

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As the foremost translator of thirteenth-century mystic poet Jalal Al-Din Rumi, Coleman Barks reaches a devoted, inspired, and ever-widening international audience. "Winter Sky" offers a selection from Barks's own poetry: seven previously published books combined with a group of new poems.
Winter Sky: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2008
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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.
Coleman Barks is a renowned poet and the bestselling aut

Coleman Barks is a renowned poet and the bestselling aut

Coleman Barks is a renowned poet and the bestselling aut

Coleman Barks is a renowned poet and the bestselling author of "The Essential Rumi", "The Soul of Rumi", "Rumi: The hor of "The Essential Rumi", "The Soul of Rumi", "Rumi: The hor of "The Essential Rumi", "The Soul of Rumi", "Rumi: The hor of "The Essential Rumi", "The Soul of Rumi", "Rumi: The Book of Love", and "The Drowned Book". He was prominently feBook of Love", and "The Drowned Book". He was prominently feBoo

Reading Coleman Barks is the equivalent of a rich transfusion of vitality. His writings carry a huge generosity of spirit replenishing everything good, funny, brave, brilliant, honest, readers could ever hope for. Nothing rejected or shunned, but life in all its conflicted elegance graciously taken into the circle and tossed up into new light: one of the widest-open, wildest voices we might ever embrace.--Naomi Shihab Nye
Author
Coleman Barks
Short Title
WINTER SKY
Language
English
ISBN-10
0820340863
ISBN-13
9780820340869
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
811.54
Pages
315
Publisher
University of Georgia Press
Year
2012
Imprint
University of Georgia Press
Subtitle
New and Selected Poems, 1968-2008
Place of Publication
Georgia
Country of Publication
United States
Publication Date
2012-01-15
Series
Brown Thrasher Books Originals
Residence
Athens, GA, US
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