When Grapes Turn to Wine: Versions of Rumi

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Yellow Moon Press, 1986 - Cooking - 16 pages
In recent years there has been a growing hunger in the industrialized nations for contact with the authentic ecstatic traditions of the world. The Victorian era translations of Rumi were completely inadequate to this task. Robert Bly, eminent poet and translator, had undertaken among his many projects to publish new versions of the mystic poets Kabir, Mirabai and Rumi. --Yellow Moon Press.

About the author (1986)

The greatest Sufi poet, Rumi was born in Balkh and settled in Anatolia (Turkey) after years of travel. His major work, the Masnavi, stands as one of the great complete expressions of Islamic mysticism. There are countless studies of his work in Persian. Robert Bly lives on a farm in his native state of Minnesota. He edited The Seventies magazine, which he founded as The Fifties and in the next decade called The Sixties. In 1966, with David Ray, he organized American Writers Against the Vietnam War. The Light Around the Body, which won the National Book Award in 1968, was strongly critical of the war in Vietnam and of American foreign policy. Since publication of Iron John: A Book About Men (1990), a response to the women's movement, Bly has been immensely popular, appearing on talk shows and advising men to retrieve their primitive masculinity through wildness. Bly is also a translator of Scandinavian literature, such as Twenty Poems of Tomas Transtromer. Through the Sixties Press and the Seventies Press, he introduced little-known European and South American poets to American readers. His magazines have been the center of a poetic movement involving the poets Donald Hall, Louis Simpson, and James Wright.

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