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Coleman Barks & David Darling

(2013/2014 Lectures)

Sun, Mar 2
3:00 PM
Event Sponsors: Mary & Gary Becker

An Afternoon of Poetry and Music
Coleman Barks and David Darling, cello

Soul-Fury and Kindness: Rumi and Shams Tabriz, Their Friendship

“You that come to birth and bring the mysteries, your voice-thunder makes us very happy. Roar, lion of the heart, and tear me open!” – Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

The 13th century Persian poet Jalal al-Din Rumi’s soulful love for his friend and teacher Shams Tabriz was so all-consuming that he composed more than 45,000 verses to honor the wandering mystic. “I am nothing but a head / set on the ground / as a gift for Shams,” declared the beloved visionary. Experience the ecstatic poetry of Rumi in a stirring performance featuring Coleman Barks, his celebrated translator, accompanied by Grammy-winning cellist David Darling.

A Fund for Programmatic Excellence event

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