All posts tagged: Themes

“The Valley” by Kerry Hardie.

The Valley by Kerry Hardie. ‘The first valley is the Valley of the Quest, the second the Valley of Love the third is the Valley of Understanding the fourth is the Valley of Independence and Detachment the fifth of Pure Unity the sixth is the Valley of Astonishment and the seventh is the Valley of Poverty and Nothingness beyond which one can go no further.’ That is a Sufi story about a whole crowd of birds getting ready to go on an Awful Journey. They elect the Hoopoe as leader because he knows a thing or two, for instance the lie of the various valleys, and which one comes after which. What I like is the way it’s all more or less as expected until you hit the sixth. I should like to go to the Valley of Astonishment. I wonder where it lies this astonishing Valley of Astonishment ? In China perhaps? Or Peru? I wonder if you could stay there Out of your wits with astonishment, or if , in this witlessness, you …

“Why Not?” by Farideh Hassanzadeh (Mostafavi)

Some day I will find someone and will tell him in silence all the words I told others in my poems and nobody got them. Then I will let him hold my head in his hands and kiss my eyes full of tears. Full of the waters of dream we will go to open the suitcase -which we had never closed- and will take all we need to despair like a painkiller, a watch or a book of poems. Then We, he and me, will leave everything everything except tomorrow and each other. – Farideh is an Iranian poet and translator. There are many books on women writers from the sufi and Islamic traditions, mostly they are university  and world religion type presses. Sufism has touched contemporary western authors and philosophers. There are many access nodes on the internet to both ancient and modern Sufism, but best to enter ‘women’ poets into the search engine when looking for specific styles  writing. There are literally thousands of sites on Sufism and Islam,  so refine the search for poet(esses) (both ancient and modern)