Drunk on the Wine of the Beloved: Poems of Hafiz

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The Persian Sufi poet Hafiz (1326–1390) is a towering figure in Islamic literature—and in spiritual attainment as well. Known for his profound mystical wisdom combined with a sublime sensuousness, Hafiz was the supreme master of a poetic form known as the ghazal (pronounced "guzzle"), an ode or song consisting of rhymed couplets celebrating divine love. In this selection of his poems, wine and the intoxication it brings are the image that expresses this love in all its joyful abandon, painful longing, ...
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Overview

The Persian Sufi poet Hafiz (1326–1390) is a towering figure in Islamic literature—and in spiritual attainment as well. Known for his profound mystical wisdom combined with a sublime sensuousness, Hafiz was the supreme master of a poetic form known as the ghazal (pronounced "guzzle"), an ode or song consisting of rhymed couplets celebrating divine love. In this selection of his poems, wine and the intoxication it brings are the image that expresses this love in all its joyful abandon, painful longing, bewilderment, and surrender. Through ninety-five free-verse renditions, we gain entry into the mystical world of Hafiz's Winehouse, with its happy minstrels, its bewitching Winebringer, and its companions in drunken longing whose hearts cry out, "More wine!" Thomas Rain Crowe brings a new dimension to our growing appreciation of Hafiz and his wise drunkard's advice to the seekers of God:

In this world of illusion, take nothing other than this cup of wine;
In this playhouse, don't play any games but love.

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"Thomas Rain Crowe brings the Persian Sufi poet Hafiz (1326–1390) to life in this lively version of his timeless work. A fine addition to the growing number of English translations of his work."—The Bloomsbury Review

"Takes us home to the truths that transcend political factionalism, religious fanaticism, and literary provincialism. . . . Thomas Rain Crowe takes this ancient form and makes it alive with our own language while still retaining the echoes of the old ways embodied in the ghazal."—Parabola

"Hafiz speaks the immortal language of love today through Thomas Rain Crowe."—Shaykh Sherif Baba, head of the Turkish Rifa'i-Marufi Sufi Order of America

"The source, the gravity, and the light that will direct us home is Love. Hafiz is a poet intoxicated by this incredible Love—a wise-drunk man—how rare! Thomas Rain Crowe brings this illuminating poetry to this edge of centuries as we continue to look for love—perfect timing for these songs."—Joy Harjo, author of In Mad Love and War

"This book is an inspiring reflection of the best of what humanity has to give. Congratulations to Thomas Crowe and his Persian muse."—Bobi Jones, Welsh poet and author of Welsh Mysticism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570628535
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/14/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 961,988
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Wine and Love
Look at This Beauty 1
O Pilgrim 2
Writing in Code 3
A Bucket of Wine 4
Half-Hearted Hugs 5
I Heard the Rumor 6
The Gambler 7
O Preacher 8
Worthless 9
I've Got Everything I Need 10
I Said 11
Listen to My Pen's Advice 12
There Is Nothing in This Well but Wind 13
Let Me Tell You the Truth 14
Learning How to Fly 15
Paradise Face 16
I've Said It Before and I'll Say It Again 17
In the School of Truth 18
I Have Become Famous 19
No Rosary or Holy Coat 20
The Monks in the Monastery 21
Plant the Tree of Friendship 22
The Only Dervish in the World Who Can't Dance 23
Finish This Poem 24
These Ghazals 25
Like the Morning Breeze 26
Even the Wealthy Read My Verse 27
The Rose 28
Good News! 29
Good Wine Is Good Company 30
Hoping Beyond Hope 31
The Great Forgetter 32
Begging at the Winehouse Door 33
It Is Time to Wake Up! 34
Come Back! 35
The Letter 36
Bound to Karma 37
Practice What You Preach 38
This Cup of Wine Is Like Christ 39
Our Weeping Has Created Oceans 40
The Chessboard of Lovers 41
Look at This 42
Between Two Rivers 43
Bad News 44
River of Wine 45
No Guarantees 46
The Moon-Eyed Girl 47
On a Road Outside of Town 48
Talking to the Moon 49
In a State of Drunkenness 50
Forever Young 51
Singing Out of Key 52
In Hard Times Like These 53
From the Large Jug, Drink 54
This Coat Spun from the Beloved's Hair 55
True Love 56
Now I'm Homeless 57
Great Poems 58
The Cure for Blindness 59
Nothing 60
Sun Rays 61
This House Has Two Doors 62
This Is a Party 63
For All This Writing 64
Alchemy 65
Speaking about the Sky 66
The Only Friends 67
The Ghost of the Winehouse 68
Playing the Game 69
Go Ask My Tears 70
Punishment 71
Hope 72
Magic Tricks 73
The Greater the Effort, the Worse the Pain 74
Strong Wine 75
The Pearl 76
The Essence of Grace 77
Forgiveness 78
The Poor and Pure of Heart 79
Waterboy of the Drunks 80
The Rose Garden 81
Don't Worry, Be Happy 82
Eclipse 83
A Flood of Tears 84
Ransom 85
The Drinker of Dregs 86
From the World of Mysteries 87
They've Locked Me Up 89
Be a Friend of Wine 90
Thirst 91
This Is the Night of Love 92
Learning to Fly 93
Searching for Truth 94
The Cost of a Kiss 95
The Fortune-teller 96
No Fear 97
Writing Poems from the Light of Your Face 98
Perfect Songs 99
One Hundred Drops of Blood 100
The Proof 101
About Hafiz 103
About Thomas Rain Crowe 106
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