Moore, Daniel Abdal-Hayy

DANIEL ABDAL-HAYY MOORE Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore: Born in 1940 in Oakland, California, his first book of poems, Dawn Visions, was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books, San Francisco, in 1964. In 1972 his second book, Burnt Heart, Ode to the War Dead, was also published by City Lights. From 1966 to 1969, Mr. Moore wrote and directed ritual theatre for his Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company in Berkeley, California. When he became a Muslim in 1970, he took the name Abd al-Hayy, and began traveling extensively in Europe and North Africa. After a period of silence, Moore published three books in Santa Barbara, California in the 80s, The Desert is the Only Way Out, The Chronicles of Akhira, and HalleyҒs Comet. He also organized poetry readings for many years for the Santa Barbara Arts Festivals and wrote the libretto for a commissioned oratorio by American composer, Henry Brant, entitled Rainforest. In 1990 Mr. Moore moved with his family to Philadelphia, where he continues to write and read his work publicly. He has received commissions for two books with Running Press of that city, The Zen Rock Garden and Warrior Wisdom, and A Little Box of Zen, published by Larry Teacher Books in 2001. He also edited translations for a book of poems by Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, The Adam of Two Edens, published in 2001. Daniel Moores poems have appeared in such magazines as Zyzzva, the City Lights Review, and The Nation. He has read his poetry to 40,000 people at the United Nations march for Bosnia in New York, and has participated in numerous conferences and conventions at universities (including Bryn Mawr, Duke and The American University in Cairo, Egypt). His most recent books are The Ramadan Sonnets, published by Kitab Books and City Lights,1996, and The Blind Beekeeper, published by Kitab Books and Syracuse University Press, In January of 2002.  Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore Poetry