Coleman Barks is a renowned poet and the bestselling author of The Essential Rumi, Rumi: The Big Red Book, The Soul of Rumi, Rumi: The Book of Love, and The Drowned Book. 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.
"Rumi will transform you, in ways you didn't know you needed transforming."--Jerry Stahl, in Shout NY "The gold of Rumi pours down through Coleman's words. The words leap off the page and dance!"--Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart "The best of Rumi's beautiful and challenging imagery."--Booklist "Coleman Barks's Rumi translations [make] Rumi's raptures accessible in language at once ordinary and lyrical."--Yoga Journal