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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
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
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
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
Cooked Oranges / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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Poetic inspiration continues to be a mystery to me, but I am its deep advocate, and hold to its irrational and shady acreage like a greedy real estate developer gazing out over the possibilities (a... More > ramshackle hut here, a barn there, a castle with a lake yonder…). Is it angels, djinn, my black cat curled at the bottom of my bed while I’m hot in composition mode? My “unconscious,” "God Consciousness?” (my fervent prayer).< 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
Stretched Out on Amethysts / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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Poems of ecstatic movement, longing, glimpses and glimmers of the divine reality of our existence: Not a moment can be squandered / not a moment can be lost // Grab the rope and swing out / over... More > the abyss // “What rope?” you say / when there are / ropes all around us // dangling at our elbows and lying in / coils at our feet // But invisible to our visible eyes // Our eyes must quit the visible / to see them< Less
The Fire Eater's Lunchbreak / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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THE FIRE EATER’S LUNCHBREAK: What does happen when we stop swallowing the flame, whatever it might be? This world, our own drudgery, our passions, low or high, that locus of our experience we... More > call “I” – and take a break? There’s a Sufi text by Shaykh ibn ‘Ata Illah whose title I’ve always loved: "The Giving Up of the Management of Your Affairs." Neat trick! But somehow that’s also the key to the present title, and God willing to something of the poems this book contains. Poem: His High Command/and an ant’s vibrating antenna//The horrors of war/and a newborn’s uncurling fingers//Flash floods/and a dry riverbed gurgling//The heart alone/and entire humanity’s pulse beat< Less