Daniel Moore (poet)

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Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore (born July 30, 1940, died April 18, 2016 in Oakland, California, USA) was a U.S. poet, essayist and librettist.[1] In 1970 he embraced the Sufic tradition of Islam and changed his name to Abdal-Hayy (eventually merging it with his birth-name).[2] He then created works such as Ramadan Sonnets (1996) and The Blind Beekeeper (2002). In early adulthood Moore traveled widely, living in Morocco, Spain, Algeria, and Nigeria as well as in Santa Barbara in the United States.[3]

Published works[edit]

Poetic works[edit]

  • Dawn Visions (City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1964)
  • This Body of Black Light (Fred Stone, Cambridge, 1965)
  • Burnt Heart (City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1971)
  • The Desert is the Only Way Out (Zilzal Press, Santa Barbara, 1985)
  • The Chronicles of Akhira (Zilzal Press, Santa Barbara, 1986)
  • Halley's Comet (Zilzal Press, Santa Barbara, 1986)
  • Atomic Dance (am here books, Santa Barbara, 1988)
  • Awake As Never Before (Zilzal Press, Philadelphia, 1993)
  • The Quest for Beauty —illustrated by Sara Steele (Zilzal Press, Philadelphia, 1994)
  • Roses, A Selection of Poems (Zilzal Press, Philadelphia, 1994)
  • Maulood, a poem in praise of The Prophet Muhammad (Zilzal Press, Philadelphia, 1995)
  • Mecca/Medina Time-Warp (Zilzal Press, Philadelphia, 1996)
  • The Ramadan Sonnets (Kitab/City Lights Books, Bethesda/San Francisco, 1996)
  • The Blind Beekeeper (Zilzal Press Chapbook, Philadelphia, 1999)
  • The Blind Beekeeper, Poems (Jusoor/Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, 2001)
  • Mars & Beyond (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2005)
  • Salt Prayers (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2005)
  • Laughing Buddha Weeping Sufi (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2005)
  • Ramadan Sonnets (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2005)
  • Psalms for the Brokenhearted (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2006)
  • I Imagine a Lion (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2006)
  • Coattails of the Saint (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2006)
  • Love is a Letter Burning in a High Wind (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2006)
  • Abdallah Jones and the Disappearing-Dust Caper (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2006)
  • The Flame of Transformation Turns to Light/Ninety-Nine Ghazals Written in English (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2007)
  • Underwater Galaxies (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2007)
  • The Music Space (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2007)
  • Cooked Oranges (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2007)
  • Through Rose Colored Glasses (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2008)
  • Like When You Wave at a Train and the Train Hoots Back at You/Farid's Book (The Ecstatic Exchange,2008)
  • In the Realm of Neither (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2008)
  • The Fire Eater's Lunchbreak (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2008)
  • Millennial Prognostications (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2008)
  • You Open a Door and It's a Starry Night (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2009)
  • Where Death Goes (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2009)
  • Shaking the Quicksilver Pool (The Ecstatic Exchange,2009)
  • The Perfect Orchestra (The Ecstatic Exchange,2009)
  • Sparrow on the Prophet's Tomb (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2009)
  • A Maddening Disregard for the Passage of Time (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2009)
  • Stretched Out on Amethysts (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2010)
  • Invention of the Wheel (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2010)
  • Chants for the Beauty Feast (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2011)
  • In Constant Incandescence (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2011)
  • Holiday from the Perfect Crime (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2011)
  • The Caged Bear Spies the Angel (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2011)
  • The Puzzle (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2011)
  • Ramadan is Burnished Sunlight (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2011)
  • Ala-udeen & The Magic Lamp (with illustrations by the author)(The Ecstatic Exchange, 2011)
  • The Crown of Creation (with illustrations by the author)(The Ecstatic Exchange, 2012)
  • Blood Songs (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2012)
  • Down at the Deep End The Ecstatic Exchange, 2012)
  • Next Life (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2013)
  • A Hundred Little 3D Pictures (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2013)
  • Miracle Songs for the Millennium (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2014)
  • He Comes Running, A Turkish Sojourn, and Myths We Never Knew (The Ecstatic Exchange, 2014)

Theatrical works[edit]

The Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company[edit]

  • The Walls are Running Blood (1968)
  • Bliss Apocalypse (1970)
  • Bliss Apocalypse Contemporaries: 28 New American Poets (Viking Press, New York 1972)

Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship plays[edit]

  • Tayyad Sultan (1994)
  • Mr Richman and The Shaykh (1995)
  • The City of Sokku (1996)
  • Meeting in Mecca (1997)

The Floating Lotus Magic Puppet Theater[edit]

  • The Mystical Romance of Layla & Majnun (2000)

Songs, musical texts, and libretti[edit]

Commissioned works (poetry/prose)[edit]

  • The Zen Rock Garden, A Way of Seeing with boxed miniature rock garden (Running Press, Philadelphia, 1992)
  • Warrior Wisdom (Running Press, Philadelphia, 1993)
  • The New York Ramayana —poetry narration (Lotus Music & Dance Studios, New York 2000)
  • The Little Box of Zen (Larry Teacher Books, 2001)
  • The Eagle Dance: A Tribute to the Mohawk High-Steel Workers —scenario, poetry text, direction and narration (Lotus Music & Dance Studios, New York 2001)

Editorial works[edit]

  • The Adam of Two Edens: The Poems of Mahmoud Darwish, as editor of various translators (Jusoor/Syracuse University Press 2001)
  • State of Siege by Mahmoud Darwish, editor of the translation by Munir Akash (2004)

Anthologized works[edit]

  • Mark in Time: Portraits & Poetry (Glide Publications, San Francisco 1971)
  • Contemporaries: 28 New American Poets (The Viking Press 1972)
  • San Francisco Oracle (Facsimile Edition 1995)
  • Haight Ashbury in the 60's! (CD Rom, Rockument 1996)

Works for children[edit]

  • The Story of Noah, illustrations by Malika Moore (Iqra Books, Texas 1979)
  • The Cage-bird's Escape, illustrations by the author (Zahra Publications, Texas 1981)
  • Sulayman and the Throne of Bilqis, illustrations by Malika Moore (Zahra Publications, 1983)
  • Abdallah Jones and the Disappearing-Dust Caper (The Ecstatic Exchange/Crescent Series, 2006)

Critical mention[edit]

  • Saturday Review of Books, Kenneth Rexroth on American Poetry (1965)
  • Rolling Stone, "Floating Lotus" (San Francisco 1969)
  • Festival—The Book of American Musical Celebrations, segment on “Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company.“ (Collier Books, New York 1970)
  • Mug Shots: Who's Who in the New Earth, article and biography. (Meridian, World Publishing 1972)
  • Literary San Francisco, Lawrence Ferlinghetti & Nancy Peters. (City Lights Books/Harper & Row, San Francisco 1980)
  • Saudi Gazette, "A Lone Voice," Julia Simpson’s article on the poet. (March 16, 1988)
  • Ellipses Magazine, "Return of a Sufi." (Princeton, Vol V No 5 1996-97)
  • The Temple, Karl Kempton’s review of The Ramadan Sonnets. (Vol 3 No 3 Summer 1999)


  1. ^ http://muslimview.co.uk/the-community/obituary/remembering-poet-daniel-abdal-hayy-moore/
  2. ^ Moore, Daniel Abdal-Hayy (2004). "Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore Poetry". Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore poetry website. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  3. ^ "UCSB Special Collections, Guide to Santa Barbara Authors and Publishers". UCSB Donald C Davidson Library website, Special Collections section. University of California, Santa Barbara. 2006-11-20. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-12-07. Poet, known as Daniel Moore until his conversion to Islam in 1969, lived in Santa Barbara in the 1980s.  

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