I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy
Paperback – Deckle Edge, September 26, 2006
An inspirational compilation of poetry by the renowned Sufi mystic brings together the spiritual writings of one of Islam's greatest poets in a collection that follows the various stages of a mystic's ""path of love"" to growth and transformation. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
From the renowned translator of The Gift, a rich collection that brings the great Sufi poet Hafiz 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 continues 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