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Persian Poetry Brings The Past To The Present

Oct 29, 2013

It's been 800 years, but the words of Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet, still seem to entrance people

Rumi's poetry has been popular for centuries, as seen in this 16th century book.
Credit National Library of France

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske speaks with Rumi scholar Coleman Barks about the poet's legacy and why his verses continue to thrive.


  • Coleman Barks is a scholar and translator of Rumi's work. He is the author of numerous Rumi translations, as well as his own original poetry, and has been a student of Sufism since 1977. His work with Rumi was the subject of an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers's Language of Life series on PBS, and he is a featured poet and translator in Bill Moyers's poetry special, "Fooling with Words."

HEAR MORE: Coleman Barks and cellist David Darling will perform Rumi's poetry a 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Click here for more information.