Monday, October 01, 2007


For many years now, the most popular poet in America has been a 13th-century mystical Muslim scholar.

Translations of Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi's - better known as Rumi - verse are hugely popular and have been used by Western pop stars such as Madonna.

Well, that's news to me and I suspect to most Americans.

I would guess that the most popular poet in America (if he can be called such) is Bob Dylan, but as far as proper poets are concerned William Shakespeare is unlikely to have been knocked off his perch. If we are talking about poets who lived in America then Robert Frost would be my choice, though others would vote for Walt Whitman or Emily Dickinson but remember Longfellow and Poe and countless other famous names. Of American born poets, TS Eliot is something special. Trust Al-Beeb to chose some obscure Muslim.

Visit the Rumi entry on Wikipedia and you will find that all the poems and sayings that are critical of Islam have been labelled as 'not by Rumi' but by an imitator and falsley attributed to him!

1 comment:

Jan Skiba said...

I'm trying to find information regarding mantle cell lymphoma vs CLL. My husband died 10 years ago and was initially diagnosed with CLL in 1994. In 1997, according to his medical chart from his hospitalization, he died from the final diagnosis of malignant lymphoma, histologic conversion of mantle cell lymphoma, longstanding mantle cell lymphoma for 3-4 years.

I am currently pursuing a claim, after being contacted by the Dept of Energy regarding my husband's work in N Idaho, where he had worked as a hydrogeologist on some sort of clean up, and had handled radioactive soil samples. CLL is not a covered condition according to what I've read.

I'm confused as to whether to further pursue this claim. I'm not sure if mantle cell lymphoma can be caused by radioactive exposure or not. Can you help me or direct me to help? I have two children who were babies when he died and a settlement would be wonderful for them.

Sincerely, Jan Skiba