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In Constant Incandescence / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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Try to describe light and it’s hopeless/ Nothing can quite catch in words luminous nothingness/ Hold something up in light and it’s revealed in it say a/ miniature Easter Island... More > head now brought out in its/ full strangeness by the surrounding illumination/ But how can you hold up something like light in light and hope to achieve/ the thing the flash the flat surrounding splashy airiness of brightness/ in whose beneficence everything/ including us is revealed?...< Less
Through Rose Colored Glasses / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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THROUGH ROSE COLORED GLASSES is a book of visionary poems mindful of the story of Sayyedina ‘Isa (Jesus), peace be upon him, who one day passed by a decaying dog carcass in the road with his... More > companions, and replied, when they complained at how rank it smelled, “Yes, but its teeth are beautiful!” We can live our lives in misery seeing only the miserable aspects of this often grindingly difficult existence, or in peace seeing the beauteous and majestic Handprint of The Divine Reality in everything. These often ecstatic poems, mindful of the former, prefer the latter for their inspiration and their goal.< Less
Love is a Letter Burning in a High Wind / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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LOVE IS A LETTER BURNING IN A HIGH WIND is a chronicle in sequential open field poems of a second visit to Turkey (the first recorded in formal ghazals), and to the glorious atmospheres of Sufi... More > Master Mevlana Rumi and his gnostic teacher, Shams. Included are three extended narrative poems in the thematic style of Rumi’s Masnawi, undertaken with no plot or source other than spontaneous inspiration… characterized by talking animals and “decapitated” watermelons. Ecstatic lyricism and sweet apprehension the impulse and goal to glorify and praise this swift life and its Originator and Sustainer: Sometimes I get tired of all this talk about God/ and I just want to go and sit under a tree// but then the tree starts talking to me about God/ and we find ourselves in another conversation< Less
Abdallah Jones and the Disappearing-Dust Caper / A Sufi Adventure Poem By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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This high adventure, in loosely metered heroic couplets, follows Abdallah Jones on his quest to capture the ball of disappearing-dust from the mad Sorcerer and stop the destruction of the world. He... More > has been given the task by his Sufi shaykh, which takes him to the Sorcerer’s castle, where he meets Marbug the elf, Neptune, the King of the Jinn, and a collection of sweet and evilly dangerous characters along the way with more cliff-hangers and near-deaths than anyone but Abdallah should have to endure – and finally to Madina, the city of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of God be upon him, his shaykh and people from the ‘Umma of Islam from all over the world, and a marvelous solution to the whole caper. Black and white illustrations throughout by the author illuminate the text.< Less
Holiday from the Perfect Crime / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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Somehow the resonance for me during the entertaining of this title as an abiding albeit background theme for the poems, was the perfect crime of our existence: perfect because created by a perfect... More > Creator. A crime because we get up to such malfeasance all the time, at the lower end of it, and a crime at the higher end in the sense that the Sufis often mention, that any existence of theirs before Allah ta’ala, any flake or residue of their self-ness, is a crime, a flaw, an obstruction before the Light of God. Only when you have known a saint (wali) of whatever spiritual practice do you the sense of a personality honed to its finest before the divine consciousness, whose actions and words and thoughts are soaked in divinity to such a degree that the person is truly human in its essence and effaced before God in His ever-present and infinitely Merciful activity.< Less
A Maddening Disregard for the Passage of Time / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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A MADDENING DISREGARD FOR THE PASSAGE OF TIME: While we are indeed born into time, and at death we slide out of time altogether into eternity, in whatever space we might conceive, in a supreme moment... More > we might taste timelessness, fleeting though it may be (though that fleetingness too being still only a matter of time). But there are also those whose “disregard” of the passing of time is due to their absorption in Eternity, and The Eternal One.< Less
The Flame of Transformation Turns to Light (Ninety-Nine Ghazals Written in English) / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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THE FLAME OF TRANSFORMATION TURNS TO LIGHT is a book of poems in traditional ghazal form, the first half begun in Turkey, companion volume to “open form” poems written at a later visit,... More > published in 2006 as Love is a Letter Burning in a High Wind (The Ecstatic Exchange). Visiting the epiphany-inducing tombs of Mevlana Rumi and his spiritual companion Shems in Konya, their baraka bathing the journey, the grave of Turkey’s great native Sufi poet, Yunus Emre, and traveling through a land of such subtle spirituality, these poems chronicle an imagistic diary through both interior and exterior countrysides, with the second half continued in the same vein at home in Philadelphia.< Less
In the Realm of Neither / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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IN THE REALM OF NEITHER: I had a dream just before waking of a shelf filled with books, and I was reading the titles when a spotlight hit the spine of one book that also seemed to protrude from the... More > others and be coming out of the shelf toward me. On it were the words “In the Realm of Neither” that remained vivid and unforgettable upon waking... (poem) If all the wood in the world were to sing/and every rose gave a political speech/and every cloud took pity on its neighbor/and every stone composed an epic poem about/being a stone and each of us saw God direct with our/own eyes in naked vision/as clearly as we see ourselves stooping to/drink from a lake…< Less
Underwater Galaxies / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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UNDERWATER GALAXIES is a book of poems in the floating genres of open inspiration and Rumiesque narrative, taking a journey to Morocco, visiting Marrakech, being visited by William Blake in... More > vision… golden bees, yellow roses… the long and winding road from the divine affirmation of our birth to the double affirmation of death and its afterlife, all its twists and turns made sweeter by serious (and often humorous) imaginal utterance.< Less
Invention of the Wheel / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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These poems consider (sometimes wildly) the inventions that are our lives, and their Inventor, the Divine Fashioner of ourselves and our actions, with passionate imagination, surreal humor, and... More > abiding focus and love for that Fashioner, in all His manifestations.< Less