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[Past Event] Opening the Heart Through Ecstatic Poetry

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Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic, has become popular in the West largely thanks to the free-verse English translations of his poems, notably by Coleman Barks. Considered one of the greatest mystics in human history, his poetry includes poems of union, ecstasy, longing, and agapic love. We will explore poems from two translations of Coleman Barks—"Rumi: The Book of Love" and "The Essential Rumi." Our explorations will include reading to one another and discussion.


Tuition: $10.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesday, Sept. 17 *4:00 - 6:00pm* (1 session*)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Joseph C. Cotham, Ph.D., is a retired civil servant with a great passion for poetry. For the last 15 years, Joseph has led an annual poetry retreat for the Monterey Meditation Group. He has taught at Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey Institute of International Studies and Sacramento State.