In this, Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore’s penultimate collection of poems, the eye for fantastical details and divine insights that he spent four decades honing is crystallised to a sparkling clarity. Through the poet’s ecstatic voice, the reader is taken on an odyssey through Bedouin cities, peach markets and Paradisical glimpses of the Amazon, infused with lights from Nature: ponds, orchids, ant-hills and cascades, and peopled by frogs, marsupials and mythical beasts.
Yet as always, Moore finds reason in these to praise and love Allah, the God of Nature, and of all, each thread vibrating with God’s Love. Moore’s Sufi poetry in American vernacular stands alone as a pioneering effort to explore Islamic spirituality as a 20th-21st Century American Muslim.
“To read Moore is to journey. Going with him we ask, ‘Where are we? What world? What America? Who is a Muslim? Who am I?'” – Alan Godlas, University of Georgia
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