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POET Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore

Sufi Poet Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore

with musical guest From a Fountain

Sunday, May 22nd – 2 pm

Born in 1940 in Oakland, California, Daniel Moore’s 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.

When he became a Muslim in 1970, Moore took the name Abd al-Hayy, and began traveling extensively in Europe and North Africa.  Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote of this period, “Moore [became] a Sufi and, like Rimbaud, renounced written poetry.”

After ten years of not writing, however, Moore “renounced” his renunciation, and he has since been very active indeed, publishing and offering public readings widely, ranging far afield from his home in Philadelphia, where he has resided since 1990.  We are fortunate to have the opportunity to host him for this reading on his swing out to the West Coast.

An excellent interview with the poet can be read at this link:  Technology of the Heart: Quest in the Province of Ecstatic Exchange

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