Rumi Is Now (by Julie Hursey)

Rumi Is Now (by Julie Hursey)

Julie HurseyRumi Is Now (February 11, 2007)

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I first heard the poetry of Rumi sitting next to a rocky tidepool in Hawaii after spending hours snorkeling among brilliant corals and fish. Our friends brought a book out of their beach bag and started to read his poems aloud, and it opened a world to me as full of life and vibrant color as the reef. Since then, his words follow me through my days. I have verses written on my office wall, in my book of favorite poems, and I include his words in letters to friends. Whenever I read Rumi now, the poetry is infused with sunlight and salt and the warm breezes of the day I first heard his name. Julie Hursey Petersburg , AK (Listens to On Being OnDemand)

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is professor of Persian & Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, and the author of several books, including Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal aI-Din Rumi.