Saturday, 5 July 2008

Contemporary Sufi Poetry

If you do a Google search on Sufi poetry the results will most likely bring up a wealth of sites with information and examples of the masters of the art. Honoured and respected poets on the Sufi path who wrote about what they experienced and ‘tasted’ on the journey of return to unity with the One. It is a journey of longing and struggle in which all things are seen as the signs of God, including our own selves. Metaphors of love are commonly used in such poetry where the lover longs for union with the Beloved. We see this in the images of the nightingale singing to the rose or the moth drawn to the flame. There are many translations from the original languages in which this poetry was written, Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, to English. Some of these translations are more like free interpretations attempting to capture the spirit of a piece for contemporary readers. For example, the thirteenth century Sufi poet/mystic Jalaluddin Rumi is one of the most widely read poets in the United States today. But what about Sufi poetry written today by contemporary students on the Sufi path?

Very little contemporary Sufi poetry is published for a mainstream readership. There appears to be little publishing interest in contemporary Sufi writing. Yet many of today’s dervishes, like Sufis of old, still feel compelled to allow words to flow and the recent phenomenon of the blog provides a structure for that expression. Try some of the following blogs for poetry from the heart written today. Just click on the titles.

Knocking from Inside

Poems from the Edge of the Continent

The Wandering Troubadour

The Court of Lions (collaborative poetry blog)

Daniel Abd al-Hayy Moore Poetry

Gathering of Thoughts

There are also publications of contemporary Sufi poetry. Here are some well worth reading from Daniel Abd al-Hayy Moore and Tiel Aisha Ansari

4 comments:

Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

Salaam Yafiah-- very nice! Thank you for the nod.

MysticSaint said...

thanks for the lovely post.

we are having the 2nd online sufi poetry carnival...

Raatkiranii (K.F.S.) said...

Yafiah, Thank you for the kind mention in your informative post.

pbsweeney said...

I am happy to find you writing again, and blushing thanks to be included in such a lovely group. Thank you.

Salaams, Paricia

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