The Gift

The Gift

Poems by the Great Sufi Master

Book - 1999
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Chosen by author Elizabeth Gilbert as one of her ten favorite books, Daniel Ladinsky's extraordinary renderings of 250 unforgettable lyrical poems by Hafiz, one of the greatest Sufi poets of all time

More than any other Persian poet -- even Rumi -- Hafiz expanded the mystical, healing dimensions of poetry. Because his poems were often ecstatic love songs from God to his beloved world, many have called Hafiz the "Invisible Tongue." Indeed, Daniel Ladinsky has said that his work with Hafiz is an attempt to do the impossible: to render Light into words -- to make the Luminous Resonance of God tangible to our finite senses.

I am
a hole in a flute
that the Christ's breath moves
through --
listen to this

With this stunning collection of Hafiz's most intimate poems, Ladinsky has succeeded brilliantly in presenting the essence of one of Islam's greatest poetic and religious voices. Each line of The Gift imparts the wonderful qualities of this master Sufi poet and spiritual teacher: encouragement, an audacious love that touches lives, profound knowledge, generosity, and a sweet, playful genius unparalleled in world literature.
Publisher: New York : Arkana, 1999.
ISBN: 9780140195811
Characteristics: xvi, 333 p. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ladinsky, Daniel James


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Oct 03, 2018

This book of poetry by Hafiz was a fairly quick book to read. Some of his poems are short while others are fairly long. But, they are all direct, influential, and inspirational. There were times when I was reading his poems that I thought he was a poet of recent and modern times. It was surprising that he lived eight centuries ago. However, even today, his poetry continues to be a source of inspiration.

Jan 29, 2015

This book is not what it seems. It is contemporary new age poetry under the guise of being a translation. Daniel Ladinsky is an english speaking poet that capitalizes on the names of famous mystics. The author should be shown as Daniel Ladinsky not Hafiz, or Rumi.

IClare Jul 06, 2013

I can see why many have called Hafiz the "Tongue of the Invisible." This is a nice book to read for one who is looking for truth, understanding, healing, solace, wisdom, etc. A food for the soul kind of book. A lot of the poems read like love letters between/to and from God and Hafiz. I like his metaphors with music, singing, and dancing, that are used throughout the poems. There's a lot of beautiful imagery. I found some heart warming poems and thought it was a pretty nice read.

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