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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 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Maryam