- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: The Windrush Press (10 Aug. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0961891629
- ISBN-13: 978-0961891626
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 11.2 x 0.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,237,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Like This: 43 Odes Paperback – 10 Aug 1995
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Like This contains 43 odes originally translated by John Moyne, a linguist at CUNY; Coleman Barks has then used in skill in English poetry to make version of these poems. What is most evident in his versions is that he has spent many years with the material and has developed a "sense of it" without mistaking that "sense of it" with being a Sufi Master.
If you have an interest in Sufi or religious ectastic poetry, this volume is well worth your time. If you are a 12th-13th century Persian scholar they are not. An example: "There's a tradition that God can be seen / in the color red. In the lights / that come from red hair!" - interesting thought which arouses in me, at least, a healthy curiousity regarding the tradition.