Brad Gooch: Rumi's Secret

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Biographer, Brad Gooch. Photo by Alex Pieros.

The poet Rumi speaks to us from the 13th Century but he is the best-selling poet in America. From the archives, biographer Brad Gooch reveals that he traveled 2500 miles to trace Rumi's footsteps, learned Persian and spent eight years to write “Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love” In his late 30s, Rumi met Shamz of Tabriz, a 60-year old wanderer who transformed his life and inspired the love poems we are still reading today. According to Gooch, the fluidity of their relationship was uncannily modern – were they teacher and student, friend and companion, or lover and beloved?

Read an excerpt from Rumi's Secret.

This episode originally aired on May 18, 2017.