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A ‘Galaxy of mystic poets’ celebrated Saturday PDF Print
Thursday, 10 January 2008 19:00

 Watauga celebrates the riches of the Sufi tradition Saturday.

It’s the 800th year since the birth of Rumi, and, according to aficionado Mary Gray, that’s a reason to celebrate.

“The mystical poets who wrote in the Sufi tradition are some of the greatest poets, you might say the greatest galaxy of mystic poets that we’ve ever had on this planet.”


Sufi poetry isn’t as outdated as you might think.

“At this time in America, the most read poet is Rumi, and Rumi read 800 years ago.”


Gray says current events make now a particularly good time to celebrate the Sufi tradition. It can help combat prejudice against Islam.

“It’s so interesting that in America we read this poetry and we love it so much. It’s a way of building bridges and discovering the richness of that civilization for us.”


The program will feature readings, special flute music by noted Rumi performer Akal Dev Sharonne and samovar-made Persian-style tea. It’s all free and open to the public. You’re encouraged to bring your own Sufi-inspired poems to share. It all happens Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Watauga County Library.

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