The Purity of Desire

100 Poems of Rumi

Daniel Ladinsky - Author

Daniel Ladinsky - Introduction by

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi - Author

Nancy Owen Barton - Contribution by

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ISBN 9780143121619 | 144 pages | 27 Nov 2012 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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The first full-length volume of Rumi’s cherished verse by bestselling poet Daniel Ladinsky

Renowned for his poignant renderings of Hafiz’s mystical texts, Daniel Ladinsky captures the beauty, intimacy, and musicality of another of Islam’s most beloved poets and spiritual thinkers. In collaboration here with Nancy Owen Barton, and with learned insight and a delicate touch, they explore the nuances of desire—that universal emotion—in verse inspired by Rumi’s love and admiration for his companion and spiritual teacher, Shams-e Tabriz. These poems thoughtfully capture the compelling wisdom of one of Islam’s most revered artistic and religious voices and one of the most widely read poets in the English language.


If I Had A Son Or Daughter

The Ascending Soul

The Body Is Like Mary

The Provinces You Effect

The Princess Is Naked

Who Wouldn’t Be Proud Of That?

As Shams Was To Me

What Can the Ostrich Know?

I Am Looking For An Apprentice

Great Intimacy

The Plums

Suckered Into A Bad Deal

To Marvel At

A Coin Toss For Your Soul

A Thief Boldly Said To The Judge

No Conflict With Anything I Do

A Shop That Gave Free Food

Wherever You Sit

The Partner Of Your Affection

The Snow Leopard

Where The Sultan Drank

A Man On A Galloping Horse

Try To Be The Least In Need

Our Sounds

A Lion Skillfully Painted

Things Are Such

Come To Their Senses

Each Time

Knowing Your Great Accomplishments

The Resurrection Took Place In You

Without A Lot Of Hoopla

Never Too Busy To Chat

Wandering About The House

Float On Your Back Awhile

Lovers In Their Right Mind

Help Me Figure This Out

Take This For An Example

Don’t Tell Anyone About This

Beyond The Mosque

In Any Of My Myriad Forms

Quiet Enough To Hear

Together Through The Years

A Field Can Bloom

Won’t Three Of Us Fit

In A Vase

Should Ring A Temple Bell

A Voice That Calms

Planning A Great Trip

Even If You Were A Sex Addict

One Day I Concluded

Get Your Ass Away From Me

Who Is Left Standing?

Your Charms May Quadruple

Empty It Out In Front Of Me


Swat Team

Thousand Years Of Foreplay

The Seven Pillars Of Rumi

Pick The Lock

The China Doll In Us

A Rare Bread In Egypt

Shit! What Happened?

Worthy Of A Tattoo, Anywhere

I Could Say You Are Trespassing Right Now

Between You And The Street

Where Nothing Needs Repairs

What Isn’t Booby Trapped?

We Exchanged Rings

Betterment Of All Betterments

The Beautiful Face

Mount Sinai

If Someone Tends Us

Their Secret Was

In Places You Can’t Reach

The Mayor And His Wife

Move Closer To The River

Drag Me Across The Sky

A Baby Monkey

Lovers Touching

We Sarted Off Pure Gold

A Smart Prayer

The Camel Wakes

Strange How My Powers Increase

The Avalanche Of Wings

Let Someone Sober Worry About That

The Whole Place Is A Man-Eater

Be Like The Cat

To Help The Village Survive

Give His Ears A Rub

The Rose Is Afraid Of Winter

The Bottom Line of Poetry

Hell, I Am All Over The Place

Once Before You Die

Your Breath Upon Me


The Mill Has No Grudge

In Our Own Backyard

I Would Give My Life For This

When Names Were Not

If You Are Ever In Need

Where I Am Placing You

Fly Heavenward Dear

Now Close The Book


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