Poet’s pens soar when they are free but disappear when they
Daniel Moore’s poem soar long after the ink has dried and
the pen lifted.
From feasts in Fes to desserts in the desert, Daniel takes us on
a trip of which the best guide happens to be a consummate poet.
He is that guide.
-- Hamza Yusuf Hanson
PRAISE FOR THE BLIND BEEKEEPER (2002)
The intelligence of Daniel Moore’s poems is like Frank O’Hara’s:
there are no boundaries or limits to possible subject matter. Imagination
runs rampant and it glides. Reading them is like standing in a cool
snow field on a sunny day. It’s a blanket of glory and a sheer
act of beauty. Moore is unique in the variance and perfection of
his prosody. Each poem is a new melody. Like the metaphysical poets,
Vaughn, Herbert, Crashaw, the shape of the poem is strong, no matter
how lovely; it is fused with depth. This is the real thing!
-- Michael McClure
I celebrate Daniel Moore’s unique and constant creative work
over the decades. “Visionary” means truly seeing truth
unveiled, seeing within & without the inescapable unity of all
facets & aspects of the Divine -- & sometimes being able
to frame the unsayable in language. It is this poetry that he has
been mastering over the years – no mean feat; in fact it is
an extraordinary enterprise of inestimable value & inspiration.
-- David Meltzer
Daniel Moore was a legend among poets and the hip cognoscenti of
California in the 1960s, so it’s a great pleasure to see just
how brightly this flame still burns. The eye and ear have retained
every ounce of sharpness. Can a deeply spiritual poet have this
much humor? Imagine Mayakovsky, McClure and Frank O’Hara all
wrapped in the same soul. That still doesn’t capture just
how much fun a book this intense can be.
-- Ron Silliman
He's like an old wisdom tradition come up off the streets.
-- Coleman Barks
Daniel Moore is that rarity among his contemporaries – a
surrealist of the sacred – whose poems are shimmering cornucopias
of xylophones, gazelles, minarets and herons, spilling forth their
abundance, the seen and the Unseen, suffused with spiritual awe
and love of God. In these pages we are in the presence of a visionary
servant of the divine, a poet of torrential imagination, in whose
hands we are all whooshed into the world of spirit.
-- Carolyn Forché
Immersion in Daniel Moore’s cascading imagery leaves you
soaked to the soul in spirituality. Whether a brief musing on a
falling leaf or a multi-stanza love opus, each of these poems gleams
with a combination of intellectual honesty and a sense of cosmic
unity. Often his final lines leave you wondering, “How did
he do that?”
-- Doug Froggatt
Daniel Moore's latest book is like the hoopoe bird. The poems contained
within are lush and loving, like the correspondence that one of
the more famous of the hoopoes carried back and forth from King
Solomon in Jerusalem to Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba, in the Qur’an.
I like Moore's poems because, like that particular sacred romance,
they have happy cosmic endings -- because he utterly trusts in God,
Whose Mercy is greater than His Wrath.
-- Abdallah Schleifer
From beekeepers in the mountains to exotic birds in the desert,
Daniel Moore always travels to the essential question of who we
are, why we are here, and, where we are going.
-- Shems Friedlander
Daniel Moore’s poetry is the exercise of the divine, an open
gate to the wilderness of the eternal. Here with the Blind Beekeeper
we live the sainthood of an astonishing imagination. Every word
possesses a sacred space, every image confirms the reality of the
invisible. If the crystal universe exists, what is it? If it does
not, what do the poems of the Blind Beekeeper reveal to
-- Munir Akash
Daniel Moore, even though he’s been writing for so many years,
has yet to be discovered. He’s writing from such a wide and
diverse platform that it may take a truly new and truly global “fifth
world” citizen to hear where he’s coming form. He’s
taken inspiration from the sixties, forged it with experience and
travel from Mecca to Timbuktu and Philly, and in the language of
this time has spoken it from the heart.
-- Hakim Archuletta
Many poets would cheerfully swap a body part for Daniel Moore’s
ability to write so fluently, and for so long, and so well. To turn
on the tap, so to speak, and have words gush forth. He has never
stopped seeing the world with a poet's eyes. That is, he is continually
amazed and moved by what he sees and reads, and if you happen to
agree with Ezra Pound that all genuine poetry has its roots in an
emotional response to something or other -- an idea, object, event
or image -- then, there you have it.
-- Jim Cory
…Daniel Moore keeps faith for all of us. He’s snared
in duality, as we are, but with him the heart is always open. I
much admire his generosity of spirit, which does not waver.
-- Michael Hannon
PRAISE FOR THE RAMADAN SONNETS (1996)
The litany of the beautiful Ramadan Sonnets may seem to be opposed
to that of Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, yet its aim may be the same:
-- Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Anyone who dives into the essence of a religion gets sweetness
from it. That’s what I feel in this poetry. Daniel Moore has
combined the strong and spontaneous strain of American free verse
that flows up through Whitman, Williams and Ginsberg with the deep
well of his Islamic devotion. The blending is a unique and very
tasty series of fasting poems! He’s definitely located the
-- Coleman Barks