“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.