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I once asked a bird,Like Fitzgerald's version of Khayyam's Rubaiyat, the language of The Gift strikes a contemporary chord, resonating in the reader's mind and then in the heart. Ladinsky's language is plain, fresh, playful--dancing with an expert cadence that invites and surprises. If it is true, as Hafiz says, that a poet is someone who can pour light into a cup, reading Ladinsky's Hafiz is like gulping down the sun. --Brian Bruya
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I do not know where Daniel Ladinsky found the material to translate for this book, but it could not have been from Hafiz....It is bizarre what he came up with... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Karla G.
It is so simple, and so essential to my life & heart: Great art, great poetry and the beauty in nature brings me HOME. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Maria Figliolia
I love this book as a book of ORIGINAL poems by a modern author, but to say that these are "renderings of 250 unforgettable lyrical poems by Hafiz" as Amazon does in its PR... Read morePublished 12 days ago by A. K. L.
The book has a lovely, reasonably long, introduction to Hafiz, his time, and fellow poets which helps to create an open and curious mind for the poems that follow. Read morePublished 21 days ago by L. D. Weimer
First: I'm Persian. I know Hafiz by heart, like many Iranians. I've grown up with it. I've studied it at school, where the teachers took time to examine just one Ghazal in 2 or 3... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maryam