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.
a hole in a flute
that the Christ's breath moves
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.