Dee Allen (Western Voices 2023)

Bio: African-Italian performance poet based in Oakland, California. Active on creative writing & Spoken Word since the early 1990s. Author of 7 books—Boneyard, Unwritten Law, Stormwater, Skeletal Black [ all from POOR Press ], Elohi Unitsi [ Conviction 2 Change Publishing ], Rusty Gallows: Passages Against Hate [ Vagabond Books ] and Plans [ Nomadic Press ]--and 67 anthology appearances under his figurative belt so far. Currently seeking a new publisher to transform his finished manuscript into a finished, printed 8th book.



The way back to secure

Begins with gathering dry logs,

Butane and grill lighter.

Build a pile of wood

Inside a metal pit.

Bathe the logs in butane.

Touch of a grill lighter's wick

Starts the flaming birth

Of your perfect pyre.

Once the pyre

Obtains size, strength, warmth,

Take an ink pen.

Tear a sheet of paper

Into little scraps.

Write down your fears

Upon each bare scrap.

Cast your soul-chewing

Phobias into the pyre.

They deserve to burn.

Courage in facing

The unknown stands

As a viable replacement—


1 comment :

  1. Courage! Yes, great thought presented well.


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