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

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

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Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

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  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 67 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 8mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 24 July 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0140196234
  • ISBN 13: 9780140196238
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 41,944

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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 message of love.

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

Table of contents

The Subject Tonight Is LoveIntroduction 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