The Subject Tonight Is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems of Hafiz (Compass)

The Subject Tonight Is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems of Hafiz (Compass) - Hafez, Daniel Ladinsky, حافظ This book is a quick read, but contains so much beautiful imagery. Also, even though it is Islamic mysticism, there is a great deal that a Christian should find challenging. For example, this quote: "If you have not been taking your medicine lately by saying your prayers every day, how can Hafiz seriously listen to all your heartaches about life or God?" Or this: "Don't surrender your loneliness so quickly. Let it cut more deep.... Something missing in my heart tonight has made ... my need of God absolutely clear."

I do take issue, however, with some of the translator's attempts at modern language: "acting so cool," "I caught the happy virus," etc. Besides cheapening the poetry, it leads me to wonder what the actual poetry says. Obviously, Hafiz was not talking about viruses in the 1300s. But overall, it was very readable and beautiful.