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The Subject Tonight is Love

60 Wild and Sweet Poems
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Paperback Book
January, 2003
$24.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (c. 1320-1389), though little known in the Western world, is the most treasured poet of
). To Persians, the poems of Hafiz are not classical literature from a remote past, but cherished love, wisdom and humor from a dear and intimate friend. These extraordinary works are not only poetry of the highest order but they have proven themselves to be a vital and loving teacher, always trying to bring one nearer to the Beloved, to Freedom, to our own divine Self—with a wonderful playfulness and an undeniable logic and truth.

Hafiz’s poetry is rooted in the beautiful human need for companionship as well as in the soul’s innate desire for the complete abandonment of all experience except Light. These verses speak on many levels simultaneously but they are crafted by Hafiz with such a sweet genius that one rarely feels left out. The love and ecstatic spirit in these poems is too alive for the conventional arenas of teaching, so they often explode and whirl into the effulgent realms, inviting us to follow. For as the Persian master says, “You are really a golden bird that needs to dance.”

Light will someday split you open

Even if your life is now a cage.

For a divine seed, the crown of destiny,

Is hidden and sown on an ancient, fertile plain you hold the title to.

Love will surely bust you wide open

Into an unfettered, blooming new galaxy

Even if your mind is now

A spoiled mule.

“There are universes inside Hafiz, a lineage of Masters. Daniel Ladinsky follows the playfulness; the rascal moves well.” —Coleman Barks

Also by Daniel Ladinsky are The Gift and Love Poems from God.






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Divine songs of love and ecstasy by Hafiz, the treasured poet of Persia, fromthe acclaimed translator of "The Gift."

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