Biography of John Allen
My name is John Thomas Allen. I am 23 years old, from Albany, New York. I have lived here my entire life, apart from some travelling, and am currently a philosophy major in college. I work as one of three editors for 'Breath and Shadow', a publication geared toward disability culture. I work as a freelance tutor in poetry/literature for mentally ill/disabled students at the college I currently attend. These occupations are inspired not only because of financial concerns; if I had too much idle time (if that's possible?) , I'd probably drive myself bonzo reading experimental poetry 24/7. I have been writing poetry and short stories since the age of 14. My inspirations are poets like Cesar Vallejo, Franz Wright, and Jim Carroll.
John Allen's Works:
My publishing credits include:
Ygdrasil: A Journal of the Poetic Arts, dreampeople, RealEight View, Illiterate Hooligan Press, ThunderSandwich #26, Breath and Shadow, Forever Underground, Falling Star, Nupenz Online, Poetically Speaking, Falling Star, 3 0 Cup Morning, Sein Un Werden, Zygote In My Coffee, dreamvirus, Tipton Poetry Journal, Prism Quarterly. I've shelled out the
dough so that all my poems are copyrighted.
John Allen Poems
i wish so intensely that after an hour or two
leaning into the summer evening like a slick coat of glowing oil, sliding on skates in greased joy coating shadows aged so
melted snow crawls at a snails pace down his threadless, stinking
unformed and anonymous
Objects In The Mirror
exiting one snowstorm another hits outside the
smoking patio breathing pine bush leaves of green razor.
smokebreak Jose C.
i wish so intensely
that after an hour or two
my hopes are as vapid
as the murmurs of a child
pretending, closing his eyes
above smoldering birthday candles