I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy (Paperback)

Poems of Hope and Joy

By Hafiz, Daniel Ladinsky (Translator)

Penguin Books, 9780143037811, 91pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2006

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From the renowned translator of The Gift, a rich collection that brings the great Sufi poet to Western readers

To Persians, the poems of Hafiz are not "classical literature" from a remote past but cherished wisdom from a dear and intimate friend that continue to be quoted in daily life. With uncanny insight, Hafiz captures the many forms and stages of love. His poetry outlines the stages of the mystic's "path of love"-a journey in which love dissolves personal boundaries and limitations to join larger processes of growth and transformation.

With this stunning collection, Ladinsky has succeeded brilliantly in translating the essence of one of Islam's greatest poetic and spiritual voices.

"If you haven't yet had the delight of dining with Daniel Ladinsky's sweet, playful renderings of the musings of the great saints, I Heard God Laughing is a perfect appetizer. . . . This newly released edition of his first playful foray into Hafiz's divinely inspired poetry is essential reading . . . . Ladinsky is a master who will be remembered for finally bringing Hafiz alive in the West."--Alexandra Marks, The Christian Science Monitor


About the Author

Daniel Ladinsky is an acclaimed poet and translator of mystical poetry. 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. This is his fourth volume of Hafiz poetry in translation. His other books include Darling, I Love You!, The Gift, The Purity of Desire, A Year with Hafiz, and The Subject Tonight is Love, as well as a collection of translations of poems by twelve mystics and saints, Love Poems from God.


Praise For I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy

“If you haven’t yet had the delight of dining with Daniel Ladinsky’s sweet, playful renderings of the musings of the great saints, I Heard God Laughing is a perfect appetizer.... This newly released edition of his first playful foray into Hafiz’s divinely inspired poetry is essential reading . . . . Ladinsky is a master who will be remembered for finally bringing Hafiz alive in the West.” —Alexandra Marks, The Christian Science Monitor

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