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The Illuminated Hafiz

Love Poems for the Journey to Light
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Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Sounds True
 | 
November, 2019
ISBN:
9781683643425
In stock now: 
10
$38.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Rarely do we encounter poetry that ignites and intoxicates the soul. Few poets have even done so as brilliantly as Hafiz of Shirax. The Illuminated Hafiz is a celebration of how even now, seven centuries after his death, this Persian mystic remains one of the most beloved poets in the world.

The Illuminated Hafiz presents selections from the master’s alluring works as they’ve never been seen before—merging translations from  Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Omid Safi, and other mystics and scholars with evocative art by Michael and Saliha Green. Magical.

Following in the tradition of The Illuminated Rumi, this inspiring collection also contains short commentaries on Hafiz and the significance of his work, as well as a glossary explaining his imagery and subtle use of language.

A contemporary take on classical illuminated manuscripts, The Illuminated Hafiz reveals why Hafiz’s verse endures as timeless spiritual guidance in the Middle East, and why his sublime words of light continue to grow in popularity in the West and throughout the world.

There is this matter
of the light in my eyes.

If you want to know the Friend,
don’t expect elegant arguments!

Demand a blessing
from one who gives you joy.
                              —Hafiz (tr. Barks)

Come, raise a cup! Join with Hafiz and his incomparable love poems in a holy revel on the journey into light.

“In these fractious times when the beauty of Islam has been obscured by a haze of misunderstanding, this collection lifts a lineage of loving-kindness, passionate devotion and perfected wisdom back into the light. The poems of Hafiz, exquisitely translated here and illuminated with the transformative power of Persian calligraphy and luscious imagery, are rooted in an ancient and yet perennial spiritual garden, offering a luminous remedy to the aching heart of humanity. Highly recommended.” —Mirabai Starr, author of Wild Mercy

Publisher’s Description: 

The immortal poetry of the great Persian master paired with beautiful illustrations

Hold tight to the stem of the rose youve been given.
Learn what such a friend is worth.
Write that in the margin and memorize it. Hafiz (tr. Barks)

Rarely do we encounter poetry that ignites and intoxicates the soul. Few poets have ever done so as brilliantly as Hafiz of Shiraz. The Illuminated Hafiz is a celebration of how even now, seven centuries after his death, this Persian mystic remains one of the most beloved poets in the world.

The Illuminated Hafiz presents selections from the masters alluring works as theyve never been seen beforemerging translations from Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Omid Safi, and other mystics and scholars with evocative art by Michael and Saliha Green. Following in the tradition of The Illuminated Rumi, this inspiring collection also contains short commentaries on Hafiz and the significance of his work, as well as a glossary explaining his imagery and subtle use of language.

A contemporary take on classical illuminated manuscripts, The Illuminated Hafiz reveals why Hafizs verse endures as timeless spiritual guidance in the Middle East, and why his sublime words of light continue to grow in popularity in the West and throughout the world.

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