The Subject Tonight is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems

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Penguin, Jan 1, 2003 - Poetry - 67 pages
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To Persians, the fourteenth-century poems of Hafiz are not classical literature from a remote past, but cherished love, wisdom, and humor from a dear and intimate friend. Perhaps more than any other Persian poet, it is Hafiz who most fully accesses the mystical, healing dimensions of poetry, earning him the name 'The Tongue of the Invisible'. Daniel Ladinsky has made it his life's work to create modern, inspired translations of the world's most profound spiritual poetry. In these sixty wild and sweet poems, Hafiz's voice comes alive across the centuries, singing his message of love.
 

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Contents

Where Dolphins Dance
1
The Woman I Love
2
Forgiveness Is the Cash
3
All the Hemispheres
4
The Vegetables
5
At This Party
6
Why All This Talk?
7
In a Handful of God
8
Something I Have Learned
35
And a Big Herd of Sweet Goats
36
Narrow the Difference
37
The Small Table of Time and Space
38
The Happy Virus
40
The Wonderful Lawlessness
41
They Call to You to Sing
42
Your Medicine
44

Because of Our Wisdom
9
We Keep Each Other Happy
10
Castrating an Ego
11
This Place Where You Are Right Now
12
In a Tree House
13
We Are a Couple of Barroom Sailors
14
No Other Kind of Light
15
Not with Wings
16
Venus Just Asked Me
18
The Size of the LoveBruise
19
The Theater of Freedom
20
You Say I Say
22
Where Do You Think You Will Be?
23
The Day Sky
24
Among Strong Men
25
Beautiful Hands
26
Old Sweet Beggar
27
Out of the Mouths of a Thousand Birds
28
I Knew We Would Be Friends
30
Build a House for Men
31
That Sounds Wonderful
32
A Singing Cleaning Woman
33
Your Shape of Laughter
34
It Happens All the Time in Heaven
45
The Guardians of His Beauty
46
The Subject Tonight Is Love
47
I Saw You Dancing
48
Never Say It Is Not God
49
Absolutely Clear
50
Ten Thousand Idiots
51
To Anything That Moved
52
Carrying God
53
I Cherish Your Ears
54
Deepening the Wonder
55
Will Beat You Up
56
I Follow Barefoot
57
Join Me in the Pure Atmosphere
58
Some Angels Grumble
60
Playing in the Brilliance
61
Like the Ganges
62
And Acting So Cool
64
A Potted Plant
65
Just Sit There
66
A Suspended Blue Ocean
67
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Daniel Ladinsky has published three previous translations of Hafiz's poems, The Gift, The Subject Tonight Is Love, and I Heard God Laughing, as well as a collection of translations of poems by twelve mystics and saints, Love Poems From God. His most recent collection is The Purity of Desire: 100 Poems of Rumi. For six years, he made his home in a spiritual community in western India, where he worked and lived with the intimate disciples and family of Avatar Meher Baba. He lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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