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Love Poems from God

Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Penguin
 | 
September, 2002
ISBN:
9780142196120
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$28.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

I think God loves bootleggers—defiant poets who ferment the air as they sing and lift the corners of our mouths. Words about God should never bore because God is the opposite of boring. And what we say about the Gorgeous One should make Him appear a knockout. Whoever made this Universe is a Wild Guy. I think only our ecstasies offer any real clues about Him.

In this new collection of poems, Daniel Ladinsky—best known for his popular translations of the great Sufi poet Hafiz—brings together the timeless work of twelve of the world’s finest spiritual writers, six from the East (Rabia, Rumi, Hafiz, Kabir, Mira, and Tukaram) and six from the West (St. Francis of Assisi, Meister Eckhart, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. John of the Cross). Again Ladinsky shows his talent for crafting inspiring, profound and playful versions of classic poems for a modern audience. Rumi’s joyous, ecstatic love poems; St. Francis’s loving observations of nature through the eyes of Catholicism; Kabir’s wild, freeing humor that synthesizes Hindu, Muslim, and Christian beliefs; St. Teresa’s sensual verse; and the mystical and strangely healing, "wine-soaked" words of Hafiz—these and other writers considered to be “conduits of the divine” make up this rich and luminous collection of “love poems from God.”

WHAT IS GRACE?

“What is grace?” I asked God.

And He said, “All that happens.”

Then He added, when I looked perplexed,

 

“Could not lovers say that every moment

in their Beloved’s arms was grace?

 

Existence is my arms,

though I well understand how

one can turn away from me

until the heart has wisdom.”

                                —
St. John
of the Cross

Also by Daniel Ladinsky are versions of Hafiz’s poems: The Gift, The Subject Tonight is Love, and I Heard God Laughing. And available on CD or cassette is a lovely rendering of Hafiz’ poems with transporting music called Hafiz: Scent of Light.

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

Once again Ladinsky reveals his talent for creating profound, playful and inspiring versions of classic poems for modern audiences. Rumi’s joyous, ecstatic love poems; St. Francis’s loving observations of nature; Kabir’s wild, freeing humor that synthesizes Hindu, Muslim, and Christian beliefs; St. Teresa’s sensual verse; and the mystical healing words of Hafiz - these and other spiritual writers considered to be conduits of the divine make up this rich and luminous collection.

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