“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” – Hafez
Hafez was a 14th-century Iranian poet who wrote mystical poetry inspired by the divine. His collected works are regarded as the pinnacle of Persian literature and are found in the homes of most people in the Persian-speaking world, who learn his poems by heart and still use them as proverbs and sayings.
Join us for the launch of The Collected Ghazals of Hafiz in English and Farsi, translated by Jamil Morris, a practising poet in the Sufi tradition. This rare book is not a scholarly tome or a modern expression of half-truths; instead, it is as true to the original texts as it is possible to be, whilst remaining readable as English poetry.
Jamil and Zahra Taheri, lecturer in Persian Language and Literature at the Australian National University, for a rare discussion of the life and work of Hafez, as well as a recitation of his poetry in Farsi and English.