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

Hafiz , Daniel Ladinsky
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Jan. 28 2003 Compass

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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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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My work with Hafiz began on an early morning walk in the countryside of India, on a beautiful tree-lined road that leads to a place I hope you may someday visit called Meherazad. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never a False Moment June 19 2000
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Hafiz... each piece falls like rain,like buttery light,like a gentle knowing laugh and like quiet gems.. jeez... as a writer I am dumbfounded by his infallable heart and purely penetrative selection of the word.... I'd surely like to share my prayer mat with him when those days come to me....
do not pass go folks... read it by candle light or thrum of rain while your lover looks on... or the silent room embraces you... hafiz is a master.
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1.0 out of 5 stars DISGUST! Aug. 3 2001
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I am a student of Persian at Columbia University, and I love and respect the poetry of Hafiz. I think I will need many more years to understand him correctly. As for Ladinsky, he admits in the introduction that he does not speak Persian and has given up studying it. What would you say about a translator of Shakespeare who does not speak English? However, if you prefer sweet new-age songies about the dolphins, go ahead. You'll love this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Subject Tonight Is A Verb March 14 2001
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Daniel Ladinsky moves language from audible sound or readable text and places the wording directly in the heart. How he does this, how anyone can bypass the critical guards at the gate of the mind, is something to be pondered. Through these renderings of the poems written by Hafiz, recognized in the East as a 'perfect master,' a divinely realized human being, we are able to understand something of that process. The subject tonight is joy. The subject tonight is the bright light of day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never a False Moment June 19 2000
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Hafiz... each piece falls like rain,like buttery light,like a gentle knowing laugh and like quiet gems.. jeez... as a writer I am dumbfounded by his infallable heart and purely penetrative selection of the word.... I'd surely like to share my prayer mat with him when those days come to me....
do not pass go folks... read it by candle light or thrum of rain while your lover looks on... or the silent room embraces you... hafiz is a master.
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I read some of the poems aloud to my meditation group, and we were by turns marveling in awe and rolling with laughter. Hafiz's sensual and deeply emotional spirituality is a revelation, especially to those brought up with the Christian notion of god as a loving but austerely remote force. And the translations are fun, outrageous, very contemporary. You'll love this book, whatever your spiritual or religious preference is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Gift Aug. 21 2001
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Hafiz wrote these poems almost a thousand years ago. Yet, in this beautiful, delicate and passionate translation Ladinsky shows that the most important things in life - joy, beauty, open heartedness, realization of interconnectedness of life - are timeless and that Hafiz's open heart can inspire us as it has countless generations of Persians. Indeed, this book itself is a ladder which we can climb to meet the Friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Heart Soars May 26 2001
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This book is a must have for any seeker of love or God. I carry it in my purse all the time. Any time I have a few minutes I pull it out for a delightful moment in the presence of God. I can read and re-read the poems and I never get tired of them--each time there is a different twist or something new in the meaning. It is like having my own secret treasure hunt of love. I would recommend this book to everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Subject Tonight Is A Verb March 15 2001
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Dan Ladinsky moves the language of these poems to our hearts without asking permission from the guards at the gates. Hafiz the great Persian poet is also widely recognized as a perfect master, one merged in Godhood, and it is possible to glimmer something of that experience through these translations. The subject tonight is joy. The subject tonight is awash in the bright light of living day.
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