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JOHN THOMAS ALLEN
Home Film 0
(for Michael Palmer)
Nobody wants to hear
the duality of bells, still.
Nobody wants to hear a stone
angel's song, here
sieves in soft rain swaddle.
Nobody wants to hear the man
walking in 8 track rain from
his home movie.
No one wants to hear fiber sparks
trail of bifocals breaking in o,
No one wants to freeze;
a sprocket winds back.
The dreampsalm echoed from her,
the monosyllabic moon fugue
of chilled prayer at noontide
Eloped moons serrated with sigils
savage as alchemical, beatific bulbs
spinning and spun as the acoustic webbed
maelstrom, astral fire dark green,
hushed by the solipsism of those coded
cenobites classifying the fire burning
between emergency glass, their nerve sciences
hermetically numbering the dollar's anterooms,
ringing with plaga. Call up these pallid Demons,
carnival star constellates spinning in time
to a mad music, and bring out your dead.
John Thomas Allen is from New York. His latest book entitled Lumière was published by NightBallet Press in 2014. His poems have appeared in Veil: a Journal of Dark Musings, Arsenic Lobster Magazine, Sulfur, Mad Verse, The Cimarron Review, etc., and he has a story in the anthology titled Narrow Doors in Wide Green Fields edited by R.W. Spryszak. He edited the anthology of Surrealist poetry entitled Nouveau's Midnight Sun: Transcriptions from Golgonooza and Beyond (Ravenna Press, 2014). In 2019, he won James Tate Prize for his chapbook entitled Rolling in the Third Eye, which was subsequently published by SurVision Books in 2020.