National Poetry Month: April 7

Hi friends!

The Love Poems of Rumi. Ahhh. Need I say more? Well, for those of you who are not familiar with this poet, born Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Balkhi in Persia, early in the thirteenth century, this poet, named Rumi for the city in which he lived, composed works of mysticism, and desire that inspires millions since he wrote them. The deepest longings expressed through his passions of the human heart for its beloved, and the kind of transcendent intimacy which is a source of the divine.

This book was given to my by my dear friend, Eric, almost 15 years ago. Thanks for the gifts you have given me, sweetness.

Here are four short poems by Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks, and originally found in Birdsong: Fifty-Three Short Poems:

Robert Vaughan reads The Love Poems of Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks – YouTube


About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, Robert leads week long National writing retreats at sites like Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Synergia Ranch, and EarthRise IONS. His poems and fiction are published in over 500 print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Los Angeles Weekly, Literary Orphans and Smokelong Quarterly. He is Editor-in-Chief at (b)OINK magazine and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing in Milwaukee. He is six times a Pushcart Prize Nominee and his fiction and poetry have won awards, including a Micro-Fiction runner-up (2012) and twice a finalist in the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award (2013-14). His books are: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps); Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms); RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press), and FUNHOUSE (Unknown Press).
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3 Responses to National Poetry Month: April 7

  1. Andrea says:

    It’s so funny you talk about “bird song” as I was at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens this morning actually listening to bird songs and in utter bliss. Thanks for this posting. xoxo

    • Bird songs are a daily occurrence in the woods, as you know! I loved your pics at the Botanical Garden, brought back those memories of when you lived lots closer, walking distance. Another life. Thanks for liking the poetry! xoxo

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