Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore


Philadelphia, PA 19151-2403
(215) 477-8927

Author's Bio

"For me the province of poetry is a private ecstasy made public, and the social role of the poet is to display moments of shared universal epiphanies capable of healing our sense of mortal estrangement—from ourselves, from each other, from our source, from our destiny, from The Divine."

Born in 1940 in Oakland, California, Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore’s first book of poems, Dawn Visions, was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books, San Francisco, in 1964, and the second in 1972, Burnt Heart/Ode to the War Dead. He created and directed The Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company in Berkeley, California in the late 60s, and presented two major productions, The Walls Are Running Blood, and Bliss Apocalypse. He became a Sufi Muslim in 1970, performed the Hajj in 1972, and lived and traveled throughout Morocco, Spain, Algeria and Nigeria, landing in California and publishing The Desert is the Only Way Out, and Chronicles of Akhira in the early 80s (Zilzal Press). Residing in Philadelphia since 1990, in 1996 he published The Ramadan Sonnets (Jusoor/City Lights), and in 2002, The Blind Beekeeper (Jusoor/Syracuse University Press). He has been the major editor for a number of works, including The Burdah of Shaykh Busiri, translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, and the poetry of Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, translated by Munir Akash. He is also widely published on the worldwide web: The American Muslim, DeenPort, and his own website and poetry blog, among others: www.danielmoorepoetry.com, www.ecstaticxchange.wordpress.com. He is also currently poetry editor for Seasons Journal, and a new translation by Munir Akash of State of Siege, by Mahmoud Darwish, from Syracuse University Press. The Ecstatic Exchange Series is bringing out the extensive body of his works of poetry, with 25 books in print as of 9/20/2010.

Publications & Prizes

An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind (Regent Press, 2002)
The Ramadan Sonnets (Jusoor, 2012)
The Blind Beekeeper (Syracuse University Press, 2001)
The Ramadan Sonnets (Jusoor, 1996)
Burnt Heart / Ode to the War Dead (City Lights Publishers, 1972)
Dawn Visions (City Lights Publishers, 1964)

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Don Quixote by Cervantes, trans. Tobias Smollett, Chinese Classical Poetry by David Hinton, The Tangled Braid by Hafez trans. John Slater

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French, Spanish
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Oakland, CA
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Last update: Sep 20, 2010