And unlike some “versioners” (Coleman Barks is by far the most gifted here) who translate Rumi by taking the Victorian literal translations and rendering them into American free verse, Ladinsky’s relationship with the text of Hafez’s poetry is nonexistent. In Darling, I Love You! At the back of the Meher Baba book, he found the address of the five centers dedicated to the spiritual master. Hafez-esque? Ladinsky, Daniel (1996 & 2006) p. Part of what is going on here is what we also see, to a lesser extent, with Rumi: the voice and genius of the Persian speaking, Muslim, mystical, sensual sage of Shiraz are usurped and erased, and taken over by a white American with no connection to Hafez’s Islam or Persian tradition.

The requests start off the same way: “I am getting married next month, and my fiance and I wanted to celebrate our Muslim background, and we have always loved this poem by Hafez. It is now part of the spiritual wisdom of the East shared in Western circles. It would rob him of what makes him … Hafez.

Daniel Ladinsky (born 1948) is an American poet and interpreter of mystical poetry, born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information. Please. It is perhaps a futile exercise to impose one definitive meaning on Hafez. You cannot add or take away a word from his sonnets.

So good that it is listed on Good Reads as the wisdom of “Hafez of Shiraz.” The problem is, Hafez of Shiraz said nothing like that. Get speaking fees and contact information for Daniel Ladinsky for a personal appearance, speaking engagement or corporate entertainment event.

A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent. This is erasure and spiritual colonialism. And yet he is deliciously impossible to pin down. Daniel Ladinsky of St Louis did. During normal business hours, we respond to most inquiries within 4 hours. 1390. Persians take poetry seriously. An American poet, named Daniel Ladinsky, has been publishing books under the name of the famed Persian poet Hafez for more than 20 years. Which is great for Ladinsky, but we are missing the chance to hear from the actual, real Hafez. That is a separate matter, and a mandate for Muslims to reimagine a faith that is steeped in the world of poetry, nuance, mercy, love, spirit, and beauty. And they do contain mystical insights. Feel free to call us at 1-800-698-2536 if you need immediate assistance. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial stance. I don’t know. Ladinsky’s “translations” have been passed on by Oprah, the BBC, and others. [19][20][21][22] Christopher Shackle describes The Gift as "not so much a paraphrase as a parody of the wondrously wrought style of the greatest master of Persian art-poetry" and Aria Fanil describes his contribution thusly "Ladinsky does not know Persian while his poems bear little or no resemblance to what Hafez has composed" [23][22], Reviewer Murat Nemet-Nejat contacted Ladinsky and asked him for one or two translated gazels of Hafiz. [3] In 2017 Ladinsky published Darling, I Love You Poems from the Hearts of Our Glorious Mutts, featuring his original haiku, illustrated by Patrick McDonnell, creator of the internationally syndicated MUTTS comic strip. [24][25], In April 2009, the Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, recited from Ladinsky's book at a Nowruz celebration in Toronto, but was later informed there was no corresponding Persian original for the poems. Far from merely being content to criticise those who appropriate Muslim sages and erase Muslims’ own presence in their legacy, it is also up to us to reimagine Islam where figures like Rumi and Hafez are central voices. Government officials have used them on occasions where they have wanted to include Persian speakers and Iranians. Hafez’s poetry is considered the very epitome of Persian in the Ghazal tradition. In the introduction to a recent book on Hafez, I said that Rumi (whose poetic output is in the tens of thousands) comes at you like you an ocean, pulling you in until you surrender to his mystical wave and are washed back to the ocean. Thomas Grady Agency & NOBA Literary-permissions, Stealing Hafiz, Rick M. Chapman, White Horse Publishing Company, 2011,, "Daniel Ladinsky: Maybe the Best Lay in Town Is a Poem", "Book Review: Love Poems from God, by Daniel Ladinsky", Shadyac, Tom "Favorite Books", I Am, the documentary, "Murat Nemet-Nejat: The Poetry Project Newsletter, 1999", 'Rewriting Hafez: Re-theorizing Untranslatability in Persian Poetry' article by Aria Fani. May these poems help reveal the Truth Of God’s Divine Playfulness and Light And His Sublime Intimacy with us …” indeed, Daniel Ladinsky’s wish aptly captures the profound gift of Hafiz poems.

We are happy to assist you with your interest in booking Daniel Ladinsky for your next live or virtual event. ix., I Heard God Laughing, Penguin. In a 2013 interview, Ladinsky said of his poems published under the name of Hafez: “Is it Hafez or Danny? Hafez has something to say, and to sing, to the whole world, but bypassing these tens of millions who have kept Hafez in their heart as Hafez kept the Quran in his heart is tantamount to erasure and appropriation. Trump wins Florida, Biden ‘optimistic’ of victory: Live news, Everything you need to know about US elections – in infographics, Biden’s dream of a first-round knockout punch dies with Florida, Ethiopian PM Abiy accuses TPLF of camp ‘attack’, vows response, Al Jazeera Centre for Public Liberties & Human Rights. He even lived in a nearby spiritual community at Meherazad for six years, working at the local free clinic and spending time with Jessawala. Also fake.

There he met Meher Baba's sister Mani Irani, and his close disciple, Eruch Jessawala. He grew up with two brothers, and had a Jewish upbring as his father was Jewish, though he was also baptized as a Catholic, as his mother was Christian. How did this come to be? His own name is “he who has committed the Quran to heart”, yet he loathes religious hypocrisy. Unable to find fulfillment, he visited the Meher Baba Center in South Carolina again. How did publishers publish books under the name of Hafez without having someone, anyone, with a modicum of familiarity check these purported translations against the original to see if there is a relationship? Hafiz, persischer Dichter, 1320 – ca. Ladinsky himself admitted that they are not “translations”, or “accurate”, and in fact denied having any knowledge of Persian in his 1996 best-selling book, I Heard God Laughing.

Powerful. Let us take a look at some of these quotes attributed to Hafez: Even after all this time,the sun never says to the earth,‘you owe me.’Look what happens with a love like that!It lights up the whole sky.

There is limited shelf space in any bookstore. Some time later, as Ladinsky recounted in an interview, intending to drive towards the Andes mountain, he took a detour of a thousand miles, and stopped the Meher Baba Center at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Please provide the email address you used to create for your account. Ladinsky's work has garnered positive commentary from Pakistani diplomat and academic Akbar S. Ahmed,[12] has been favorably endorsed by The Christian Science Monitor writer Alexandra Marks,[13] and has been quoted in contemporary non-fiction by American Muslim writers such as Asma Gull Hasan.

It is like a Rorschach psychological test in poetry.

Trying to find the right celebrity to represent your brand or make a personal appearance? [26], In June 2020, Professor Omid Safi commented, "Part of what is going on here is what we also see, to a lesser extent, with Rumi: the voice and genius of the Persian speaking, Muslim, mystical, sensual sage of Shiraz are usurped and erased, and taken over by a white American with no connection to Hafez's Islam or Persian tradition. He is a mystic, though he pokes fun at ostentatious mystics. Hafez, on the other hand, is like a luminous diamond, with each facet being a perfect cut. Hafez’s given name was Muhammad, and he was called Shams al-Din (The Sun of Religion). Then, in 1978, Davy advised him to visit the Meher Baba ashram, at Meherabad, near Ahmednagar, India. The most sublime part of Hafez’s poetry is its ambiguity. As Edward Said and other theorists have reminded us, the world of culture is inseparable from the world of politics. [18] Turkish novelist Elif Shafak licensed Ladinsky's Rumi work for reprint in her titles. The poems are indeed beautiful.

Hafez’s poetry has not been sitting idly on a shelf gathering dust. Can you send me the original so I can recite it to her at the ceremony we are holding for her?”. There, he met the disciple Kitty Davy, then in her seventies, who had spent twenty years in India with Meher Baba. If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here. There is one last element: It is indeed an act of violence to take the Islam out of Rumi and Hafez, as Ladinsky has done. The mystics see it as a sign of their own yearning, and so do the wine-drinkers, and the anti-religious types. Fake Hafez. Review of: The Gift: Poems from Hafiz the great Sufi Master, Supposed Hafiz poem recited by McGuinty turns out to be fake, Fake Hafez: How a supreme Persian poet of love was erased,, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 October 2020, at 00:28.

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