Coleman Barks

Coleman Barks is most well-known for his Rumi translations, especially the bestselling Essential Rumi (1995). He has also published eight books of his own poems, most recently, Hummingbird Sleep, Poems 2009–2011 (UGA Press, 2013). He is a retired professor emeritus of English at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Georgia Review Archive for Coleman Barks

The Water Table; Sunbath in May; A Five Hour Drive; & The Last Rebirth

Starting Out from Ted Hughes’s Letters & My Face and My Voice

Lightning Bugs and the Pleiades & My Segment on the NewsHour

Catkins; A Perfect New Moon; & Piecemeal

First Cool, Windy Evening, with Sail Away Lady; Come Look; & A Can of Tunafish

The Delight of Making Up Gods; Elegy for Galway, Late October; Vanilla and Banana-Peanut Butter; Hub; The Truth of One Short Poem; & Fjord

The Night Street

for Herb Creecy


Ten years ago I drove down to Barnesville

to see my friend, the artist Herb Creecy,

who was dying of pancreatic cancer.

He chose… read more