Daniel Abdul-Hayy Moore


Little owls
that lace the lumber of our dreams
your hoots astound us
those blinkless eyes two locomotives
out of the dark they blink and it’s

when we wake you fly out into the light
as out of a barn door

O insubstantiality of all things

Daniel Abdul-Hayy Moore
Moore’s first book of poems, Dawn Visions, was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books, San Francisco, in 1964, and also the second, in 1972, Burnt Heart / An Ode to the War Dead. He became a Sufi Muslim in 1970, performed the Hajj in 1972, and has 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 1996 he published The Ramadan Sonnets, and in 2002, The Blind Beekeeper, with Syracuse University Press. He has edited a number of works, including The Burdah of Shaykh Busiri and the poetry of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. His work also appears in The American Muslim and on his own website,



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