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More than any other Persian poet, it is perhaps Hafiz who accesses the mystical, healing dimensions of poetry. With this collection of 250 of Hafiz's most intimate poems, Daniel Ladinsky has succeeded in capturing the essence of one of Islam's greatest poetic and religious voices. Each line of The Gift imparts the wonderful qualities of this spiritual teacher: an audacious love that empowers lives, profound knowledge, wild generosity, and a sweet, playful genius unparalleled in world literature.

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"For those initiated in colder faces of worship, this Sufi's passionate freedom as God's loving partner is beyond heartwarming; reinvigorate yourself y opening any page and accepting its call." Napra Review

Review:

"A worthy companion volume to Coleman Banks's new translation of Rumi. It collects 250 poems written by Muhammad Hafiz (1320?89), the most popular and highly revered poet in Persian history, and renders them into a fresh translation from the Farsi. Like Rumi, Hafiz writes out of the Sufi tradition, and his work bears the Sufi hallmarks of ecstatic spirituality conveyed at once through lush imagery and verbal restraint....A fine preface by Ladinsky and an excellent introduction by Henry S. Mindlin." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Chosen by author Elizabeth Gilbert as one of her ten favorite books, Daniel Ladinsky’s extraordinary renderings of 250 unforgettable lyrical poems by Hafiz, one of the greatest Sufi poets of all time

More than any other Persian poeteven RumiHafiz expanded the mystical, healing dimensions of poetry. Because his poems were often ecstatic love songs from God to his beloved world, many have called Hafiz the "Invisible Tongue." Indeed, Daniel Ladinsky has said that his work with Hafiz is an attempt to do the impossible: to render Light into wordsto make the Luminous Resonance of God tangible to our finite senses.

I am

a hole in a flute

that the Christ's breath moves

through

listen to this

music!

With this stunning collection of Hafiz's most intimate poems, Ladinsky has succeeded brilliantly in presenting the essence of one of Islam's greatest poetic and religious voices. Each line of The Gift imparts the wonderful qualities of this master Sufi poet and spiritual teacher: encouragement, an audacious love that touches lives, profound knowledge, generosity, and a sweet, playful genius unparalleled in world literature.

Synopsis:

With this stunning gift edition of 250 of Hafiz's most intimate poems, Ladinsky has succeeded brilliantly in translating the essence of one of Islam's greatest poetic and religious voices.

About the Author

Daniel Ladinsky is an acclaimed translator of mystical poetry. For six years, he made his home in a spiritual community in western India, where he worked and lived with the intimate disciples and family of Avatar Meher Baba. This is his fourth volume of Hafiz poetry in translation.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: The Life and Work of Hafiz

One: Startled by God

Startled by God

Let's Eat

When the Violin

Looking for Good Fish

A Hunting Party

This Sane Idea

We Have Not Come to Take Prisoners

I Can See Angels

You're It

I Rain

Two: I Have Learned So Much

I Have Learned So Much

God Just Came Near

The Sun Never Says

The Seed Cracked Open

Why Just Ask the Donkey

Who Wrote All the Music

Your Mother and My Mother

Mismatched Newlyweds

Your Seed Pouch

That Magnificent Storm

Three: Removing the Shoe from the Temple

Removing the Shoe from the Temple

Against My Own Hand

Out of This Mess

If God Invited You to a Party

To Build a Swing

A Crystal Rim

This One Is Mine

Curfews

The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish

An Infant in Your Arms

Four: I Hold the Lion's Paw

I Hold the Lion's Paw

If the Falling of a Hoof

What the Hell

Someone Untied Your Camel

When I Want to Kiss God

For a Single Tear

That Shapes the Eye

So Many Gifts

Love Is the Funeral Pyre

Allah, Allah, Allah

Five: Don't Die Again

Don't Die Again

Like a Life-Giving Sun

The Great Work

Effacement

Some Fill with Each Good Rain

The Vintage Man

Everywhere

Lifts beyond Conception

God's Bucket

Just Looking for Trouble

Six: The Gift

The Gift

Laughing at the Word Two

Life Starts Clapping

The Foundation for Greatness

Courteous to the Ant

His Winter Crop

The Scent of Light

No Conflict

Stop Calling Me a Pregnant Woman

A Strange Feather

Seven: I Am Really Just a Tambourine

I Am Really Just a Tambourine

The Stairway of Existence

What Do White Birds Say?

How Do I Listen?

The Earth Braces Itself

The Difference Between

The Angels Know You Well

Crooked Deals

The Millstone's Talents

Let Thought Become Your Beautiful Lover

Eight: Get the Blame Straight

Get the Blame Straight

Rewards for Clear Thinking

Please

This Constant Yearning

The Sad Game

That Regal Coat

Stop Being So Religious

Friends Do Things Like This

It Felt Love

Look! I Am a Whale

Two Bears

The Sky Hunter

Forgive the Dream

Nine: The Prettiest Mule

The Prettiest Mule

Today

Wise Men Keep Talking About

Back into Herself

The Mule Got Drunk and Lost in Heaven

Why Abstain?

The Warrior

Dividing God

I Saw Two Birds

Muhammad's Twin

Ten: Tiny Gods

Tiny Gods

This Union

When You Can Endure

This Talking Rag

Who Will Feed My Cat?

Burglars Hear Watchdogs

A Still Cup

That Lamp That Needs No Oil

Too Wonderful

Eleven: Elephant Wondering

Elephant Wondering

An Old Musician

The Fish and I Will Chat

The Heart Is Right

Out of God's Hat

The Clay Bowl's Destiny

I Hope You Won't Sue This Old Man

Faithful Lover

Now Is the Time

Twelve: Counting Moles

Counting Moles

Hafiz

The Body a Tree

A Great Need

There Could Be Holy Fallout

Trying to Wear Pants

This Sky

It Is Unanimous

Two Puddles Chatting

His Ballet Company

Thirteen: Reverence

Reverence

That Tree We Planted

I Vote for You for God

A One-Story House

The Great Religions

What Happens to the Guest

I Want Both of Us

Like Passionate Lips

Cucumbers and Prayers

Fourteen: A Cushion for Your Head

A Cushion for Your Head

These Beautiful Love Games

The Bag Lady

The Ambience of Love

Tired of Speaking Sweetly

A Root in Each Act and Creature

Our Hearts Should Do This More

Turn Left a Thousand Feet from Here

Imagination Does Not Exist

Throw Me on a Scale

The Hatcheck Girl

Damn Thirsty

Fifteen: Two Giant Fat People

Two Giant Fat People

Scratching My Back

If You Don't Stop That

Elegance

A Hole in a Flute

Until

Why Aren't We Screaming Drunks?

Dropping Keys

All the Talents of God

The Great Expanse

I Imagine Now for Ages

Sixteen: Spiced Manna

Spiced Manna

A Hard Decree

And For No Reason

Sometimes I Say to a Poem

The Suburbs

She Responded

We Might Have to Medicate You

The Idiot's Warehouse

When You Wake

This Teaching Business Isn't Easy

The Mountain Got Tired of Sitting

Seventeen: Where Is the Door to the Tavern?

Where Is the Door to the Tavern?

Becoming Human

In Need of the Breath

The Heart's Coronation

The Thousand-Stringed Instrument

Then Winks

And Then You Are

The Intelligent Man

The Chorus in the Eye

Find a Better Job

The Lute Will Beg

Eighteen: When the Sun Conceived a Man

When the Sun Conceived a Man

A Mime

The Quintessence of Loneliness

Needing a Mirror

Zikr

The Tender Mouth

Greeting God

Reaching Toward the Millet Fields

Nineteen: Lousy at Math

Lousy at Math

The Sun in Drag

Between Our Poles

Stay Close to Those Sounds

An Invisible Pile of Wood

It Has Not Rained Light

Berserk

No More Leaving

Wow

What Should We Do about That Moon?

Twenty: Cupping My Hands Like a Mountain Valley

Cupping My Hands Like a Mountain Valley

Why Not Be Polite

Twenty-one: The God Who Only Knows Four Words

The God Who Only Knows Four Words

You Were Brave in That Holy War

Bring the Man to Me

Too Beautiful

My Eyes So Soft

The Diamond Takes Shape

That Does Perish

Chain You to My Body

Covers Her Face with Both Hands

Dog's Love

Twenty-two: Stay with Us

Stay with Us

I Am Full of Love Tonight

Many Lives Ago

It Will Stretch Out Its Leg

Some of the Planets Are Hosting

What Is the Root?

The Same Suntan

For Three Days

Twenty-three: A Clever Piece of Mutton

A Clever Piece of Mutton

Who Can Hear the Buddha Sing?

Buttering the Sky

How Fascinating

Where Great Lions Love to Piss

A Potent Lover

An Astronomical Question

I Wish I Could Speak Like Music

In a Circus Booth

Maybe Even Lucrative

Troubled

Twenty-four: The Silk Mandala

The Silk Mandala

A Forest Herb

Your Camel Is Loaded to Sing

Stealing Back the Flute

Where the Drum Lost Its Mind

Every City Is a Dulcimer

Ruin

Between Your Eye and This Page

Practice This New Birdcall

Twenty-five: I Know I Was the Water

I Know I Was the Water

With That Moon Language

Without Brushing My Hair

Integrity

There

When Space Is Not Rationed

Birds of Passage

Act Great

The Only Material

I Got Kin

Only One Rule

Your Thousand Limbs

And Love Says

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anarkali, March 15, 2008 (view all comments by anarkali)
It is misleading to the point of deceptive to describe this book as a "translation" of Hafiz. Ladinsky does not speak Persian, and so cannot read Hafiz in the original. Nor has he based his poems on previous translations. Rather, he believes these poems to have been divininely chanelled - what Hafiz might have written if he were an American baby-boomer disciple of Meher Baba. You may or may not choose to believe this, and you may or may not enjoy the poems, but it is certainly worth buying a "real" translation of Hafiz so that you can compare for yourself. Personally, I far prefer Hafiz (and Rumi, and Kabir and all the various poets that Ladinsky has claimed to channel over the years) to Ladinsky.
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Reading Hafiz is like laying on your back on soft green grass, sun on your skin, a sweet breeze you can really taste, and the hush beating of birds' wings above your head.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140195811
Translator:
Ladinsky, Daniel
Author:
Ladinsky, Daniel
Author:
Hafiz
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Sufi poetry, Persian
Subject:
Sufi poetry, Persian -- Translations into English.
Subject:
Sufism
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Compass
Series Volume:
no. 8
Publication Date:
19990831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.48x5.46x.93 in. .90 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140195811 Reviews:
"Review" by , "For those initiated in colder faces of worship, this Sufi's passionate freedom as God's loving partner is beyond heartwarming; reinvigorate yourself y opening any page and accepting its call."
"Review" by , "A worthy companion volume to Coleman Banks's new translation of Rumi. It collects 250 poems written by Muhammad Hafiz (1320?89), the most popular and highly revered poet in Persian history, and renders them into a fresh translation from the Farsi. Like Rumi, Hafiz writes out of the Sufi tradition, and his work bears the Sufi hallmarks of ecstatic spirituality conveyed at once through lush imagery and verbal restraint....A fine preface by Ladinsky and an excellent introduction by Henry S. Mindlin."
"Synopsis" by ,
Chosen by author Elizabeth Gilbert as one of her ten favorite books, Daniel Ladinsky’s extraordinary renderings of 250 unforgettable lyrical poems by Hafiz, one of the greatest Sufi poets of all time

More than any other Persian poeteven RumiHafiz expanded the mystical, healing dimensions of poetry. Because his poems were often ecstatic love songs from God to his beloved world, many have called Hafiz the "Invisible Tongue." Indeed, Daniel Ladinsky has said that his work with Hafiz is an attempt to do the impossible: to render Light into wordsto make the Luminous Resonance of God tangible to our finite senses.

I am

a hole in a flute

that the Christ's breath moves

through

listen to this

music!

With this stunning collection of Hafiz's most intimate poems, Ladinsky has succeeded brilliantly in presenting the essence of one of Islam's greatest poetic and religious voices. Each line of The Gift imparts the wonderful qualities of this master Sufi poet and spiritual teacher: encouragement, an audacious love that touches lives, profound knowledge, generosity, and a sweet, playful genius unparalleled in world literature.

"Synopsis" by , With this stunning gift edition of 250 of Hafiz's most intimate poems, Ladinsky has succeeded brilliantly in translating the essence of one of Islam's greatest poetic and religious voices.

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