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"These lofty words are an antidote / for anyone sickened by extremism's poison."

Considered by Rumi to be "the master" of Sufi mystic poetry, Attar is best known for this epic poem, a magnificent allegorical tale about the soul's search for meaning. He recounts the perilous journey of the world's birds to the faraway peaks of Mount Qaf in search of the mysterious Simorgh, their king. Attar's beguiling anecdotes and humor intermingle the sublime with the mundane, the spiritual with the worldly, while his poem models the soul's escape from the mind's rational embrace.

Sholeh Wolpe recreates for modern audiences the beauty and timeless wisdom of the original Persian, in contemporary English verse and poetic prose.

©2017 Sholeh Wolpé (P)2021 Tantor

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Infuse Your Soul with Love and Understanding

Listen. Repeat. Repeat Again. Resign your soul and you will find understanding and love each and everytime you listen. This soulful poetry will give you calm and wisdom. Sholeh Wolpe's delicious inspiring translation and the erudite pristine voice of Rajer Al-Kaisi pull you in always. This gem by Attar, translated by Wolpe and read by Al-Kaisi - has become my daily companion. When I need calm, kindness, inspiration, and peace I randomly listen to the sublime poetry of Attar via these meaningful parables - The Conference of the Birds. Listen and repeat often. Peace to you.