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The Subject Tonight Is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems of Hafiz

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To Persians, the fourteenth-century poems of Hafiz are not classical literature from a remote past, but cherished love, wisdom, and humor from a dear and intimate friend. Perhaps, more than any other Persian poet, it is Hafiz who most fully accesses the mystical, healing dimensions of poetry. Daniel Ladinsky has made it his life's work to create modern, inspired translations of the world's most profound spiritual poetry. Through Ladinsky's translations, Hafiz's voice comes alive across the centuries singing his ...

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Overview

To Persians, the fourteenth-century poems of Hafiz are not classical literature from a remote past, but cherished love, wisdom, and humor from a dear and intimate friend. Perhaps, more than any other Persian poet, it is Hafiz who most fully accesses the mystical, healing dimensions of poetry. Daniel Ladinsky has made it his life's work to create modern, inspired translations of the world's most profound spiritual poetry. Through Ladinsky's translations, Hafiz's voice comes alive across the centuries singing his message of love.

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"There are universes inside Hafiz, a lineage of masters. Daniel Ladinsky follows the playfulness; the rascal moves well."
—Coleman Barks
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"There are universes inside Hafiz, a lineage of masters. Daniel Ladinsky follows the playfulness; the rascal moves well."
Coleman Barks
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140196238
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Compass Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 376,042
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

The Subject Tonight Is Love Introduction
Where Dolphins Dance
The Woman I Love
Forgiveness Is the Cash
All the Hemispheres
The Vegetables
At This Party
Why All This Talk?
In a Handful of God
Because of Our Wisdom
We Keep Each Other Happy
Castrating an Ego
This Place Where You Are Right Now
In a Tree House
We Are a Couple of Barroom Sailors
No Other Kind of Light
Not with Wings
Venus Just Asked Me
The Size of the Love Bruise
The Theater of Freedom
You Say, I Say
Where Do You Think You Will Be?
The Day Sky
Among Strong Men
Beautiful Hands
Old Sweet Beggar
Out of the Mouths of a Thousand Birds
I Knew We Would Be Friends
Build a House for Men
That Sounds Wonderful
A Singing Cleaning Woman
Your Shape of Laughter
Something I Have Learned
And a Big Herd of Sweet Goats
Narrow the Difference
The Small Table of Time and Space
The Happy Virus
The Wonderful Lawlessness
They Call to You to Sing
Your Medicine
It Happens All the Time in Heaven
The Guardians of His Beauty
The Subject Tonight Is Love
I Saw You Dancing
Never Say It Is Not God
Absolutely Clear
Ten Thousand Idiots
To Anything That Moved
Carrying God
I Cherish Your Ears
Deepening the Wonder
Will Beat You Up
I Follow Barefoot
Join Me in the Pure Atmosphere
Some Angels Grumble
Playing in the Brilliance
Like the Ganges
And Acting So Cool
A Potted Plant
Just Sit There
A Suspended Blue Ocean

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  • Posted November 27, 2009

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    If I had to choose just 1 Hafiz book

    I think this would be it.

    The combination of the poems in this book lift my heart closer to the divine.

    Even though it is a small book, and you can find the self same poems in the larger books the particular combination of these poems elicit forth a sigh of joy from my heart.

    For me, it is comparable to when you know the delicious food you are about to eat, yet this is food for my spirit. The anticipation I feel when I lift this book for consumption ..........

    ENJOY!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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