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Rumi Night

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 1:30 AM - 3:30 AM

Poetry readings, music, Persian desserts and tea to celebrate the life and work of Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, 13th-century Persian poet and mystic philosopher. Everyone is welcome to bring a Rumi poem to share. 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Free. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Hayes auditorium (208) 972-8200. To the extent that Rumi's poetry has enhanced your life, this is your lucky day! Over the last few years, a lovely, connective and life-affirming pattern of contributions at the Boise Rumi Night programs has emerged. One recent attendee said, "These meetings are deeply joyful and rewarding. It is so good for us to come together in non-denominational celebration of wisdom and love." English translations are interspersed with Persian-Americans sharing Rumi's poetry in both Farsi and English. Persian speaking readers are especially welcome. We are blessed to experience the musicality and rhymes of the original Persian, plus English translations. Rumi's poems have been translated into many, many languages (Ralph Waldo Emerson read a Rumi poem, in German!) Coleman Barks describes Rumi as "The only planetary poet we have." Come be inspired by a Rumi poem you've never heard before, or by a fresh perspective when you hear a 10-year-old read a poem you've loved for many years. When we lend our voices to the poetry, we become the poetry at an essential level. The act of sharing and participating in experiencing Rumi's poetry in live community, as it was 750 years ago. Our awesome sponsors, Divine Lotus Tea Company, and Ishtar Market provide tea and Persian desserts. Folks of all ages are encouraged to join. This is one of Boise's surprising treasures!

Cost: Free to all!

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715 S. Capitol Blvd.
Boise, ID 83702

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