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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Get Well Coleman Barks

Just read over at Don Share's blog that the poet and translator Coleman Barks has suffered a stroke.  He is recovering and seems in good spirits:
I am mostly sleeping as much as I can (grace) and listening to recordings of my old voice in my kitchen and talking along (practice). I am not answering the phone or the door, or emails (only a few). Please forgive me these reclusive measures. Think of me as an old dormant bear, healing. 
Barks read at the first Split This Rock Poetry Festival in 2008 and I was profoundly moved by his powerful work and generous spirit.  Here's hoping he has a speedy recovery.

Below is a delightful recording of his interview and reading with the Paul Winter Consort, from Bill Moyers' 1995 Language of Life mini-series recorded at the Dodge Festival.

1 comment:

  1. Here are prayers for Mr. Barks, such an inspiring soul.