Monday, June 11, 2012

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Fifteen (Rumi)

This week's posting will serve a dual purpose. In addition to announcing the new Mnemosyne poem (embedded in the photo above), I'd like to also announce that I'll be interviewing its translator, Rasoul Shams, for Tiferet Talk, on June 24th, 2012 from 7- 7:30 pm EST. As part of the interview, Rasoul has offered to read poems from his new translation, Rumi: The Art of Loving in both Persian and English. I can't wait!

Because we've already studied Rumi's work at Bareback Alchemy, I'll not re-introduce him now, but if you'd like to know more about Rumi, please see the link to the Rumi Poetry Club below. However, I would still like to introduce Rasoul:

Rasoul first learned of Rumi’s poems in his Persian classes as a young boy growing up in Iran,and now the works of Rumi and other Persian poets have been his spiritual companions for over three decades. Having lived and studied in Iran, India, Japan and the USA, Rasoul's life and education are rooted in a multi-cultural, multi-language matrix.

Rasoul founded the Rumi Poetry Club in 2007 (on the 800th anniversary of Rumi’s birth). Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the club celebrates the poetry of East and West through its monthly meetings, annual gatherings, website, and publications.

As well, Rasoul has published a number of essays in such magazines as The World and I, Interrelgious Insight, Pure Inspiration, Light of Consciousness, Kyoto Journal, The Himalayan Journal, Mandala, Persian Heritage, Sufi, and the Rumi Review. He is currently working on another anthology of Rumi’s poetry.

In addition to the poems, Rumi: The Art of Loving  contains two fabulous essays, a very helpful list of terms and symbols, and several beautiful stories from Rumi's life. It was a joy to read.

*NOTE*If you're new to the blog, you might want to look at the first Mnemosyne Post to find out what this project is all about. 

See you in the sea of serenity and purity--


  1. Melissa, your post this week hit the spot.
    Themes such as oceans, tranquility, and celestial bodies have been filling my waking and dreaming for some reason. And now this.
    Thank you for sharing this love!

    I am so looking forward to your interview with Rasoul Shams. You will be magnificent.

    Scott Lutz

  2. Thanks, Honey!! I'm looking forward to it too, and more of your own wonderful poems on oceans, tranquility, and celestial bodies!

    1. Count on it. These are some of my favorite elements as I take a lesson from you and Rumi. Thanks for the inspiration. Its always poetically energizing here at your blog. I'm grateful for you doing this each week!