The writing of inspirational Persian mystic Jelaludin Rumi is central to the literature of Sufism, an ancient, contemplative form of Islam. A revered teacher and founder of the order of the Whirling Dervishes, he writes illuminatingly on a wide range of themes, from beauty and love to the experience of God and the attainment of true knowledge. This is a collection of ecstatic poetry that delights with its energy and passion.
'Coleman Barks has provided a version of Rumi that sparkles and never flags... These poems speak of taverns and tattoo parlours, of demons and talking trees and dugongs that graze on hyacinth beds. They are both worldly and otherworldly.'
John Ryle, Guardian