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Wednesday 18 February 2015

Rumi: The Diver's Clothes Lying Empty (A Poetry Comic by Nora Sawyer)


Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (1207-1273 CE): The Diver's Clothes Lying Empty (translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne et al, in The Essential Rumi, 1996): A Poetry Comic by Nora Sawyer, from Nora Sawyer, 4 August 2013


TC said...

A person who did not live upon the sea could never have made this great poetry comic, I don't think.

billoo said...

Wonderful cartoons!

'I am a fish without the Tigris
I am the Tigris without a fish'

Nin Andrews said...

She's brilliant!

TC said...

Yes, the woman's definitely a genius, I bow down before her several abilities, especially her contact with the ineffable -- indeed it was that latter quality in her work which moved Rumi to beg her to address this poem, for he knew full well that no one else could handle the matter so delicately, if for no other reason than the fact that no one else would live upon the sea, and do such a thing.

And I wasn't kidding, billoo. Nora really lives on a boat.

TC said...

Nin, sorry I missed that till this moment; as you know, I agree completely.

erin said...

i think you put it rightly when you say the work (and the authors of the work) beg for her illustrations. breathing and breath indistinguishable.

and breath taking. (this post and the next.)

billoo said...

Then she must be a free spirit! Why does that make me think of P. Fitzgerald's 'Offshore'?

I sometimes wonder if my ancestors from Kashmir were also boat people..certainly can't get over the feeling that lots of us are stranded-just a bit-here on earth.

Nora said...

I'm going to have to read 'Offshore'. i've ejoyed other books byPenelope Fitzgerals, but haven'tread that one. Thanks, Tom, biloo, Erin and Nin!