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The Caged Bear Spies the Angel / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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The luster of a glisten is/ enough to elicit bliss// The gleam from a beam/ enough to confound the intellect// The crack of a rock in a creek/ can take us back to where// we lost track// The... More > whiff of a sniff can lift/ even the most morose heart// from the hotbed of heartbreak// All these phenomena/ splinter and splatter in// this world to focus from the/ unseen world onto this one// some hint of the high rainbowing/ laughter to come...< Less
Where Death Goes / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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In all the human spiritual paths there are stories of great men and women of divine gnosis who die in states of exaltation, sweet relief, or harmonious blending with the Next World that is more of a... More > pause, almost a whisper. And their deaths, while entering holy silence, bring into stronger emphasis their erstwhile presence among people as teachers and examples of true humanity and sincere piety, as if their own lives are proof-positive of God’s merciful existence, and their deaths simply a continuing chapter in the Great Adventure. // There are poems about roses blooming on rose-stems/rising and swaying in an air of delirious voices//Love Lord is the fertile earth Your rich compost/black soil of death and disaffiliation that/precedes growth< Less
Ramadan Sonnets / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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RAMADAN SONNETS, not always a spiritual meditation, nor often even what should be felt and achieved in the fast (the poems are striving for some reality of feeling and experience), these poems are an... More > imaginatively inspired record of the month, its small epiphanies and grim endurances, heading out from its physical constraints to contemplate a vast panorama, or focusing in on particulars, those embryos of explosive meaning, to evoke the blessed month of Ramadan's intertwining flavors of asceticism and sensual gratitude, its palatable and palpable Light.< Less
The Perfect Orchestra / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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I’m not sure why anyone would want to undergo spiritual training, the rigors and difficulties of a path of spiritual discipline, except to reach a state of enlightenment. And I’m not... More > sure that the state of enlightenment would be one of grim survival, or a harsh stoicism after all the exhausting rigors, but rather a joyful and constant perception of the simultaneous multifariousness of all things, and the single Divine core around which we all endlessly circulate… The Perfect Orchestra of the Real. This world’s natural light is supernatural light, and even when shining on the discordant, radiates calm, back to the central chord, the tonally harmonic resolution that laps throughout the universe as well as through us, end to end, and back again.< 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
Laughing Buddha Weeping Sufi / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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“Excess of sorrow laughs. Excess of joy weeps.”(William Blake) A cooly impassioned, and “pathward” adventurous series of poems joining two modes of enlightenment, Buddhist and... More > Sufi, that may in many ways be parallel—from my sitting with saintly Shunryu Suzuki of the San Francisco Zen Center in the early 60s, and my blessed time with Qutb Shaykh ibn al-Habib of Fez in Meknes, Morocco, in the 1970s, may Allah be pleased with both of them. Are the two protagonists of these poems the main characters in Waiting for Godot, now no longer waiting, but there? Exalted humor lightens our spiritual endeavors.< 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
The Puzzle / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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A grand outgoing, heading directly into the puzzlement, the puzzle, puzzling it all out... Poems of search and devotion to the One, through labyrinthine manifestations... self and its various... More > sheddings.< Less
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
Sparks Off the Main Strike / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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In all the poems of a poet's work there's the impulse to get to the bottom of things, to the original energy pulse, the first cause as it manifests in the present tense, the spark off the main... More > strike. As always, the title came to me first, and the poems followed, some faithful some astray from the theme, but always rebounding back again to resonate with that original strike, in these scattered sparks.< Less