The Glance

The Glance

Songs of Soul-Meeting

Written by:
Translated by:
Translated by: Nevit Ergin

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141002316
  • 128 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


In 1244, the brilliant poet Rumi and the wandering dervish Shams of Tabriz met and immediately fell into a deep spiritual connection. The Glance taps a major, yet little explored theme in Rumi’s poetry-the mystical experience that occurs in the meeting of the eyes of the lover and the beloved, parent and child, friend and soul mate.

Coleman Barks’s new translations of these powerful and complex poems capture Rumi’s range from the ethereal to the everyday. They reveal the unique place of human desire, love, and ecstasy, where there exists not just the union of two souls, but the crux of the universe.

Here is a new kind of love lyric for our time-one of longing, connection, and wholeness.
The Glance

The Glance

Written by: Jalaloddin Rumi, Translated by: Coleman Barks, Translated by: Nevit Ergin


“Barks’s translation is fluid and clear, further strengthening his reputation as one of the foremost Rumi experts writing in English today.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Here are some of the most beautiful love lyrics ever spoken….Barks’s translations are justly famous for their bell-like clarity and sharp simplicity. A highly desirable book, in all senses of desire.” —Booklist