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I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy Paperback – September 26, 2006
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I Heard God Laughing, in continuous print for the past eleven years, serves as a beacon of pure light, trueing our compass on our journey to God. In these brilliant, deeply tender, witty, and full hearted renderings, Ladinsky releases the true spirit of this most beloved Persian poet and spiritual teacher and makes him fully accessible to our times.
Hafiz has influenced and nourished many writers, poets and scholars through the centuries, including Nietzsche, Byron, Hugo, Lorca, Goethe and Emerson.
If you're interested in knowing more about some of these eminent poets own words about translations/renderings read on, below, following these gems....
Your Beautiful Parched Holy Mouth
A poet is someone
Who can pour Light into a cup,
Then raise it
Your beautiful, parched, holy mouth.
an excerpt from " A Golden Compass"
Forget every idea of right and wrong
Any classroom ever taught you,
An empty heart, a tormented mind,
Unkindness, jealousy and fear
Are always the testimony
You have been completely fooled!
Turn your back on those
Who would imprison your wondrous spirit
With deceit and lies.
Come, join the honest company
Of the King's beggars--
Those gamblers, scoundrels and divine clowns
And those astonishing fair courtesans
Who need Divine Love every night.
Come, join the courageous
Who have no choice
But to bet their entire world
Indeed, God is Real.....Read more ›
"You better start kissing me -- or else!"
"You don't have to act crazy anymore --
We all know you were good at that."
"The stars get clearly drunk
And crazy at night
And throw themselves
Across the sky."
"I know the way you can get
When you have not had a drink of Love."
"Do you know how beautiful you are?
I think not, my dear.
Yet Hafiz could set you upon a Stage
And worship you forever!"
"I have a thousand brilliant lies
For the question, How are you?"
"A poet is someone
Who can pour Light into a spoon,
Then raise it to nourish
Your beautiful parched, holy mouth."
If God is the Light and Hafiz is the spoon, then Daniel Ladinsky is the one holding you upright to receive the gift.
Unfortunately, such is not the case with the several publications of Daniel Ladinsky that variously purport to be either translations or versions of the great and inimitable Hafez of Shiraz. Hafez is treasured by Persian speakers as the greatest poet of what is perhaps the world's greatest poetic tradition. To misrepresent him so blatantly, thoroughly and consistently over time as Ladinsky has done, is breathtaking. His work in "translation" does not represent the ghazal form, is not based on the Persian text and can not be referred to extant English translations and versions.
The ghazal in Persian commonly has anywhere from seven to fourteen couplets with an aa, ba, ca, da etc rhyme scheme. The poet "signs" his ghazal with a pen name. Each Persian line in English translation has, on average, about fourteen syllables. The following is my translation of a Hafezian ghazal to illustrate structure, rhyme and typical themes:
Ghazal #332, Khanlari
Although I seethe like a vat of wine from love's ferment,
I drink blood with sealed lips that keep me silent.
It is the soul's resolve to possess the beloved's lips;
Look at me, whose struggle with soul has left me spent!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book so much, I bought a copy for my sister as well as for my girlfriend. Highly recommended!Published 3 months ago by Burque or bust!
It is a fascinating study in the mystery of love and God in daily life of a man searching for enlightenment. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Herold
Beautiful book of poetry. Highly recommend for lifting a persons spirits.Published 4 months ago by fiji mama