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Raised in Antioch, California, Daniel E. Tanzo is a US Army veteran and former construction company owner and laborer. A self-proclaimed poet/warrior, he began his exploration to his path in 1998. Always an avid reader and lover of words, he was introduced to Rumi, Hafiz, Cohelo and Borges, igniting his own poetry. He has spoken in front of various audiences, including the San Francisco World Conference on the Enneagram. He studied alchemy through the written word at a Bay area based mystery school. A new and recent yoga student, he has continued to write poetry and pursue his spiritual path while being caregiver to his mother after her debilitating stroke. After losing his mother to cancer, he was himself diagnosed with cancer shortly afterward.
This book was compiled, at Daniel’s request, by a friend who is a fellow writer and admirer of his work. His unique perspective on life and love is expressed with a divine eloquence that catches the reader by surprise if said reader is familiar with only the man’s rough exterior. The title, Silk She Is, was chosen by Dan, but the poem that is the namesake for this book is missing. Dan tried to retrieve it from his files because he wanted it in the book, but we ran out of time. The cover design is based on the image he described, and when he saw it, he said it was “perfect”.
“I was raised to be a “Man” by a father, uncles and various male role models, coaches etc. This meant, in my particular Bay Area industrial town, don’t cry, never back down from a fight, and all the rest of those peculiar aspects that were passed on and down to us young males. I thoroughly embraced these as biblical writ: I was in the armed forces, where of course this was further enhanced, and became a bouncer at a local watering hole. I have pulled my own tooth and even stitched myself up with an actual needle and thread. So I guess I qualify as to these male standards.”
~ Daniel E. Tanzo ~
During the toughest battle of his life, Dan fought like a bear, never backing down for a minute. He will forever be loved and missed by friends worldwide. This book is his legacy; and Dan has asked that the proceeds be donated to cancer research.