Winter Sky

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  • Copyright: 2008-11-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr
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As the foremost translator of thirteenth-century mystic poet Jalal Al-Din Rumi, Coleman Barks reaches a devoted, inspired, and ever-widening international audience. Yet the foundation for Barks's work as a translator is his own significant body of work as a poet.Winter Skyoffers a selection from Barks's seven previously published books combined with a group of new poems.Barks's open-hearted, free verse poetry is infused with a joy of the spirit at play with the forms of the world. His journey through life is deeply embedded in his work. The poems spring directly from experience and engage with subjects such as the elation and struggle of having and raising children, grief over the deaths of loved ones, the transition from parent to grandparent, or the changing nature and intensity of desire. Barks's open letter to President Bush, written days before the invasion of Iraq and widely circulated online, is a poetic plea for peace, offering a startling and moving alternative to war.Whether it is the childhood excitement of being named best athlete at summer camp or the early signs of dementia at the age of seventy, Barks uses the personal to convey the universal. The unique flow of a life is here in poems that are rueful, confused, torn, and grateful, but always informed by Barks's transcendent sense of joy and playfulness.

Author Biography

Coleman Barks is the bestselling translator of The Essential Rumi, The Soul of Rumi, and Rumi: The Book of Love. He taught creative writing and American poetry in the English Department at the University of Georgia for thirty years and currently lives in Athens, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Notes in Lieu of Preface
New Poems
The Centerp. 3
Extravagancep. 6
The Light in Everyone's Eyesp. 8
As the Dewp. 9
from There ain't nothing like itp. 10
On Spiritp. 11
From Scrapwood Man (2007)
Guidance We Have Need Ofp. 17
Reading in Bedp. 18
from Notebooksp. 19
Wine Poemsp. 20
The Speed of Consciousness and August 18thp. 22
Car Tripsp. 23
The Return of Professor Dumwhistlep. 24
These Winter Skiesp. 25
Losing Itp. 26
American College Students Overheard in a Restaurant After I Return from Afghanistanp. 31
Just This Oncep. 33
from Central Asian Sufis and the Nature of the Heartp. 38
From Tentmaking (2002)
Tentmakingp. 45
Purringp. 49
Divinationp. 50
Book Tour Cure for Talking Too Much in Publicp. 51
Questionp. 52
Bill Matthews Coming Alongp. 54
Black Rubber Ballp. 55
Bridgep. 57
Luke and the Duct Tapep. 58
Whittlingp. 62
Spring Morningp. 64
Lighton Leavesp. 65
The Antp. 66
Abscission Leaf, Looking into Waterp. 69
Silo, Spring Violetsp. 71
The Final Finalp. 72
Currycombingp. 74
Donald Hall Is Falling Downp. 76
The Animalp. 78
So Close, Not a Footp. 79
Love for Cloudsp. 80
1971 and 1942p. 81
None Otherp. 85
Flyp. 86
Stonep. 87
Lard Gourdp. 89
The Railingp. 91
What We Learn from Literaturep. 92
These Very Feetp. 94
The Look on the Dog's Facep. 95
Gracep. 96
Servicep. 97
The Saint and Sinner Bullshitp. 98
Fine Arts Auditoriump. 99
Night Train, Southern Francep. 101
Kingsnakep. 103
Driving Back from the Mountainsp. 104
Strayingp. 106
Elegy for John Seawrightp. 107
From Club: Granddaughter Poems (2001)
No Finalep. 115
Clubp. 116
Wietienp. 117
To Make an Oceanp. 118
Auspicesp. 120
Boxkitep. 123
Dumb Chessp. 124
Gladp. 125
In Opening Game Day Trafficp. 126
Poetry for Childrenp. 127
From Gourd Seed (1993)
A Wishp. 133
A Section of the Oconee Near Watkinsvillep. 134
Buttermilkp. 135
The House of the Tibetan Bellmakerp. 136
Higdon Covep. 137
The Great Blue Heronp. 138
In the Woods, You and Ip. 141
Fried Green Tomato Sandwichesp. 143
A Walk in the Botanical Gardensp. 145
Bedclothesp. 146
Titty-Breamp. 148
Summer Foodp. 150
Kindlingp. 152
The Firep. 153
The Wind Todayp. 154
Orange Circles on Lavender Wingsp. 155
Let the Door Be Lockedp. 157
Hymenopterap. 159
Some Orange Jukep. 161
Wrfcp. 162
Walk Soupp. 165
Each Peachp. 168
The Treep. 170
Audiencep. 174
Spring Lizardsp. 176
The Grocery Storep. 177
Vigil Notesp. 179
New Year's Day Napp. 181
Darshan Singh and Christian Harmonyp. 186
Small Talk: Coffee, The Second Mike Poem, Three, Every Evening, The End of the Sentence, The Fucking Grave, Saltp. 188
Becoming Miltonp. 204
Two-Hour Wait in Torontop. 206
Night Creekp. 215
An Up-Till-Now-Uncelebrated Joyp. 219
These Things, Hereafterp. 220
Sleetp. 224
The Brain-Housep. 226
Carolina Silverbellsp. 228
Fightingtown Creekp. 230
Gourd Dayp. 232
A Hard-Cuss for Gourd Seedp. 233
From We're Laughing at the Damage (1977)
Good nightp. 237
Snowp. 238
Putting up a bowl, its true restingp. 239
A flame is walkingp. 240
This is how we'd likep. 241
From New Words (1976)
Sunbath in Mayp. 247
The Last Rebirthp. 249
The Hall Mirrorp. 251
Sandp. 253
New Wordsp. 254
From the Juice (1972)
Body Poems - Big Toe, Stomach, Elbow, Cheek, Heart, Brain, Appendix, Knuckles, Navel, Shoulder Blades, Jaw, Upper Lip, Adam's Apple, Small of the Back, Crown of the Hair, Tongue, Bags Under the Eyes, Nape, Jowl, Ear Lobe, Thighs, Achilles Tendon, Wrist, Hips, Eye, Blood, Semen, Cavities, Roof of the Mouth, Middle Finger, Genitals, Skull, Spine, Coccyx, Blind Spot, Lymph, Scar, Pelvis, Buttocks, Inner Ear, Goosepimples, Liver, Haunches, Back of the Knee, Dimple, Sleep, Spleen, Fingertips, Armpit, Uvula, Taste Buds, Spoor, Yawn, Tic, Nostrils, Blush, Halfgainer, Halftwist, Spit 'n Image, Hands, Rice, Caul, Shadow, Bosoms, Balls, Birthmark, Sound Made by
Snapping the Fingersp. 267
Choosingp. 284
Goat & Boyp. 286
Five Ways Down Stringer's Ridgep. 287
The Literal Snakep. 291
The Afterlifep. 292
The Oraclep. 295
Nickajack Cavep. 297
The Finger of Necessityp. 299
The Mulep. 300
The African Night Adderp. 301
The Flag Pagep. 302
Taking a Nap Underneath My Deskp. 305
Keatsp. 308
The Swimp. 309
Notesp. 311
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