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Publisher's Summary

A 2009 Nautilus Gold Award Winner, Pure Water is Coleman Barks’ inspired live performance of the poetry of Jellaludin Rumi (1207-1273) - with Sufi stories and jokes, accompanied with music by Bach, O’Carolan, Friesen and others.

The performance captured in this recording recalls the essence of the communal celebrations of poetry, stories, jokes, prayer, and music in which Rumi’s work was first uttered, but presents it in a distinctive contemporary setting. Coleman’s words combine with the cello of Grammy Award-winner Eugene Friesen, carrying the language directly into the heart of the listener with a diverse menu of world folk melodies, Bach, and improvisation.

As Rumi wrote: "What is the soul? Consciousness. The more awareness, the deeper the soul, and when such essence overflows, you feel a sacredness around. It’s so simple to tell one who puts on a robe and pretends to be a dervish from the real thing. We know the taste of pure water...."

©2011 Coleman Barks (P)2011 BetterListen! LLC

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great narration and stories of poems by rumi

I love this book and the interpretation of the great poems captures the essence of the human soul and mind

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Lightweight Poetry Experience

Would you consider the audio edition of Pure Water to be better than the print version?

Not really, as the readings of poems felt less a focal than the story telling and music

Has Pure Water turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but this was a hybrid of other things, poetry just one aspect.

Any additional comments?

I'd listen to this again, but I was really seeking a Rumi poetry primer and this was more performance piece with a musical theme

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  • 07-31-15

Not at all what it advertises

If you are seeking Rumi, go elsewhere. This is a personal, musical, poetry session of mixed sources which include Rumi. I do not recommend.

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  • 01-22-15

Calm healing

Wonderful concert-like performance. Exceeded my expectations. Pure Water combines the ancient poetry of a great seer with modern sensibility. Barks is a master of this performance form.

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