Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) July 14, 2005
Award-winning artist Michael Green, creator with Coleman Barks of the national best-seller THE ILLUMINATED RUMI, has now finished a stunning sequel with all-new art and fresh translations of Rumi's poetry. Included in this new volume is a CD of The Illumination Band playing a new kind of music fusing Rumi's mystical longing and the yearning harmonies of our own mountain-blues-gospel traditions. These are Persian quatrains delivered as poignant country ballads you might hear in a West-Texas truck stop.
Rumi reminds us of the radiant depth inside that is present in grief and love, in being ecstatically here in the moment. What he celebrates is One Song with many names, the soul, Buddha, the person of Christ. Rumi praises them all at one table. There is no quarrel about names of scriptures in Rumi. A philosopher and mystic of Islam, Rumi?s appeal to people of all faiths is undeniable. His work does not divide - it includes.
One Song represents a nourishing exchange for present-day East and West - just as the Silk Road was in Rumi's day a way for the beauties of the great religions, story-tellers, poets and their music to flow together and mix into a new and vibrant fusion.
Once again, Michael Green marries word and image and now sound, to help make America's most popular poet accessible to a whole new audience. He and the band will be making a nationwide concert tour.
Author and band are available for radio and TV interviews. Advance copies of the book are available to bookstores, media outlets and credentialed journalists.
Online press kit: http://www.rumibook.info
Publication Date: September 2005
Price: $35.00 U.S. / $46.50 in CAN / 22.99 Pounds Sterling in U.K.
8 1/2 x 11" 128 pp. Hardcover
Subject Category: Eastern Religions/Spirituality
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