Rumi’s poetry coming to Zocalo

Rumi, one of the originators of the Whirling Dervish tradition, and an important figure in Sufi religion, was an accomplished poet.

Jelaluddin Balkhi, or Rumi as most North Americans know him, is coming to the Zocalo Café on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

To be more exact, since Rumi died in 1273, it will be his poetry that will be coming.

Rumi, one of the originators of the Whirling Dervish tradition, and an important figure in Sufi religion, was an accomplished poet. He was devout, he was earthy, and he was tolerant.

His all-encompassing view that love and openheartedness are keys to a truly happy life are as relevant today as they were 800 years ago.

Coleman Barks, a modern-day translator and interpreter of Rumi’s poetry, has published two books, which have sold over 300,000 copies.

“There is a community of the spirit.

Join it and feel the delight

of walking in the noisy street,

and being the noise.”

There are many Rumi enthusiasts in the Comox Valley. Anne Johnstone, who has taught a course on Rumi locally, says, “I feel it would be wonderful to share the humour and wisdom of the late Persian poet with others at this event.”

The evening starts at 7. Four people are scheduled to read and there will be an opportunity for other Rumi fans to recite their favourite Rumi poem. There will be Turkish music and Zocalo will add some delicious Mideastern dishes to their menu for this special occasion.

This event is free and is open to anyone who is a lover of poetry, or has an interest in Sufism, or is just looking for a fun night out.

For more information contact Anne Johnstone at 250-339-4868 or Brian Charlton at 250-334-3624.

— Zocalo Café

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