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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
The Sweet Enigma of it All / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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THE ENIGMA OF IT ALL The enigma of it all stood up and spread out its feathery arms All the doubts and gnarly creatures disappeared from around it fleeing into scarlet woods and back into weeping... More > trees The resplendent enigma straddling the two worlds and all the others intersecting them in the tiniest details of our lives the true enigma in puzzling feathers the one of heavy tread and light repartee who holds conversations in our heads yet contains the golden knot of perfect explanation in its core...< Less
Ramadan is Burnished Sunlight / Poems 2011 By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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This is a series of imagistic and light-drenched poems written each day or night of the fast of Ramadan, 2011, here presented in consecutive order as they came. Their purpose: to get nearer...
Sparrow on the Prophet's Tomb / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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Of the three books collected here, the first is celebratory of Islam’s eschatology (next-world doctrine), the second an homage to the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him,... More > and the third written on an ‘Umra in 1995/96 to Mecca and Medina… These are all poems of my root work, going down into the loam of study, practice and fidelity to the ideas and often the terminology of Islamic and Sufic thought, while my poetic development since these book incorporates more imaginally leaping imagery and unhesitantly associational language, to more openly circumscribe both the tone and experience of a modern American but cosmopolitan Muslim/Sufi in our very promising but rambunctiously tumultuous times.< Less
Chants for the Beauty Feast / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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Chants for the Beauty Feast are poems in celebration of our breathing, living, daring and imaginal beauty, in this world with all its aches and pangs, and the next and the Unseen world with its... More > intersections into and throughout this one, divinely directed. Light everywhere moving with relentless bliss.< Less
He Comes Running / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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These Poems written within the limits of 6X4 inch pocket-sized pieces of paper (one poem per piece) in Istanbul, Turkey, visiting dervish friends, listening to long-night spiritual talks (sohbets) in... More > (for me) incomprehensible Turkish, in November of 2013. Translations of the ineffable, on cloud strands floating in air? Words out of nowhere? "Sometimes the dawn comes/up so silently you don't notice/that its tissues of gold have/slid over everything with the/just-as-it-is-ness of everything/placid in its light...< 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
Salt Prayers By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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SALT PRAYERS / POEMS, a tangy and rich chronological collection of poems ranging from molecular flakes to imaginal scalings of rare and lofty mountains, written between May 29 – October 24,... More > 1998 by the poet of Dawn Visions (City Lights, 1964), Burnt Heart (City Lights, 1972), The Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company (1967-69), The Desert is the Only Way Out, The Chronicles of Akhira (Zilzal Press), The Ramadan Sonnets (Jusoor/City Lights, 1996), The Blind Beekeeper (Jusoor/Syracuse University Press, 2002) and The Ecstatic Exchange Series, beginning with Mars & Beyond, and Laughing Buddha Weeping Sufi (2005).< Less
Down at the Deep End / Poems & Drawings By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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This may be a secret among only a few of its recipients, but cancer is a direct and positive gift from God. Its chemo and radiation therapies wrack and ruin us... and its alternative therapies may... More > bewilder us with the arcane and often whacky character of their methods... I chose the traditional medical program of three chemo and thirty-five radiation sessions, begun immediately after diagnosis of my cancer, and I praise Allah for the doctors who treated me with their medicine chest of tough love. _________________ Redemption happens the way/ water falls/ Forgiveness is air/ let into an airless room/ Even at the top of the highest peak/ we can’t just step off into the sky/ At some point only God’s Love has any reality/ and everything hangs enraptured from that ferocious hook/ Streams of light continue to enter us from we/ know now where/ The truth of our beings/ light streaming everywhere< Less
A Hundred Little 3D Pictures / Poetry By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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A Hundred Little 3D Pictures started out from those once-popular computer generated images a certain stare, unfocused or crosseyed, could render in layered three dimensions, with some really... More > astonishing results... Recall the excitement in childhood when we looked into a diorama and saw back and back past whatever was being portrayed, not very far back really, perhaps, maybe only a shoebox length back, but peering through the front hole with the little flashlight or christmas bulb illuminating it, we saw a wee world that gave us shivers of delight.< Less