Books and Beads: Rumi

Books and Beads” is back for National Poetry Month!  Like the first installment of the series, this one is composed by Natalie Thielen Helper, Beadazzled sales associate and public relations manager.  As always, anyone interested in contributing to this or other series should email Natalie a brief pitch at BeadazzledPR (at) gmail (dot) com.

Although he lived and died hundreds of years ago and thousands of miles away, Rumi (ca. 1207-1273) is the best-selling poet in the United States.  Born in Iran, he travelled all over the Middle East before dying at age 66 in Konya, Turkey.  Over his lifetime he wrote thousands of lyrical poems, most of them about Allah, Muhammad, and his mentor Shams.

It’s not hard to see why his work remains so popular today. His vivid imagery and surprising turns of phrase captivated me from the first time I ever read his work, several years ago.  Rumi and his works are among the first things I think of when I read or hear about Persia and the Middle East; he provides a context rich in history, images, and beauty.

So it’s no surprise I thought of Rumi when some beautiful ancient strands from the Middle East arrived at Beadazzled.

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Books and Beads: Americanah

Hello, Beadazzlers!  This is Natalie writing.  Up to now we’ve made this blog all about beads and jewelry — but now I want to try something a bit more personal.  After all, jewelry is very intimate (waist beads especially exemplify this).  It lies against our skin, picks up and holds the warmth of our bodies, and carries memories and sentimental feelings only we know.

So to me it seems fitting to connect beads to another personal passion: reading.

In this new series I’ll* write about connections between jewelry and literature, posting whenever I read (or re-read) a book that inspires bead-related thoughts.

[*But if you’d like to be a guest blogger for this series, email me.  See footer.]

Today I’m all about Americanah, the latest novel by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (who you may know from Beyoncé’s “Flawless”).

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