This charming pocket hardback comes in two parts. In the first, James Cowan describes the original meeting between the Sufi mystic Rumi and his great friend and teacher Shams of Tabriz, which led to a fresh outpouring of teachings and stunning poetry from Rumi. It becomes a well-observed and inspiring essay on spiritual friendship in other ages and societies. Then the second part includes Cowan’s versions of 50 Odes, which are exemplars of intoxicating poetry and profound spiritual insight. A wonderful and beautifully-packaged gift.
208pp, 170 x 132 mm, Hardback, 2017, RRP £9.99