STEALING HAFIZ, a new book of poetry by Rick Chapman, is now available for the first time in the West.
Do you want to read the poetry of a Perfect Master—a fully enlightened human being—who ranks very possibly as the finest poet in recorded history? Bravo!! Then learn Persian and become enlightened yourself— that is the only way that you can do so with any confidence in your comprehension of what you read. Good luck in your endeavor!
In the meantime, let this small volume acquaint you with some of the images and ideas found in Hafiz’s writings. STEALING HAFIZ consists of original poetry written by Rick Chapman, a thief and a murderer, for in the poems contained herein he has stolen unabashedly from Hafiz and in so doing he has murdered the form of the ghazal.
Yet in these “ghazaleros,” he conveys some slight sense of the mystical poetry of Hafiz and some feeling for the themes of Hafiz’s Inspiriation, Avatar Meher Baba, Who regarded Hafiz as His favorite poet. How someone Who lived 600 years after Hafiz could be Hafiz’s inspiration, well, that’s another story altogether. Life is short, and there are many of them! Read and enjoy—at your own risk!