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Friday, November 25, 2005

manic screaming

Originally uploaded by alxindia.
I had the chance a few days ago to call in to a local radio program and chat with one of the great spiritual poet/translators of our day, Daniel Ladinsky.

some of you may recognize his name, he's the translator/renderer of Hafiz poems in several great volumes of poetry; and his grasp of the depth and breadth of the greatness of Hafiz, a 14th century Sufi poet and mystic, is enough to make you weep in ecstatic joy.

anyway, in the wake of recent events, and in the light of many dear friends finding in themselves a desire to embrace the divine, even while they're utterly repulsed by it, here's a Hafiz poem (via Daniel Ladinsky):

Manic Screaming

We should make all spiritual talk
Simple today:

God is trying to sell you something,
But you don't want to buy.

That is what your suffering is:

Your fantastic haggling,
Your manic screaming over the price!


  • At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Nathan Higgins - said…

    It should be known by anyone who is interested in Hafiz or who has read any works with Ladinsky's name on them, that the poems Daniel Ladinsky puts forth as translations of Hafiz are not actually poems which Hafiz wrote. Ladinsky's poems are beautiful and worth reading. Why he calls them Hafiz's is not clear to me. Hafiz is wonderful poet. I would encourage anyone to explore his actual work. As well, I would encourage people to look into the matter I am discussing.


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