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Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Kelli Allen's debut book includes the short story "Orphaned Near the Cave" and the poem "The Twelfth Swan," among other works that according to Glenn Irwin, Assistant Director, University of Missouri in St. Louis MFA, "embody the kind of magic which good poetry has always striven towards and is full of the dark and wonderful complexities o ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by John Gosslee Books (first published September 1st 2012)
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Emily Gray
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read only one book of poetry this year, make it this one. Ms. Allen is a rising star in the world of poetry. Some of her verses are loving and erotic. Some are painfully personal, and some are just lovely musings on the English language. If you are a mother, daughter or lover, you will relate to Ms. Allen's poetry.
Kathryn Dechairo
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I wish I could find the words to reflect just how incredible this body of work is. It's as though each word has been carefully plucked and placed on the page and the imagery and symbolism are so powerful it takes your breath away.

This is a book that should grace every poet lovers shelves.

Tyler Malone
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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These poems, along with the collection's two prose pieces, will make you drunk enough to dance on a table, but then shame you for enjoying yourself so much. But if Otherwise, Soft White Ash teaches a reader anything, it's that there's no shame in joy and you should find joy in realizing shame, and then, no matter if it takes generations, change. Kelli Allen refers to her book as a "creature." What does that make the poems? Little monsters? Unmanageable beetles eating away at a godly burning bush ...more
Barton Smock
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a muscular fable. achieves a deep image trenchancy. I can move my own words around. most, here, are staying.
Gordon Hilgers
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly influenced by permutations and tactics utilized by Robert Bly and other exponents of what best may be labeled the "mythopoetic" movement, a mass social and literary movement highly energized by Jungian archetypal psychology, and by a variety of understandings surrounding magical realism, Kelli Allen explores the personal through both quasi-imagistic techniques and oblong prose treatments that center and circle around troubled autobiographical moments that, in some cases, haunt the book, w ...more
Blake
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No other collection of poetry could carry the same load of emotion, heartache, beauty, and pain than that of the poems in this anthology. Kelli Allen gives the reader a sense of who she is. She invites people in, the product is about 60 fabulous poems. To any poetry lover, this is a must have.
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Kelli Allen’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in the US and internationally. She has served as Poetry Editor for The Lindenwood Review and she directs River Styx’s Hungry Young Poets Series. She is currently a visiting professor of English Literature at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China.
She is the recipient of the 2018 Magpie Award for Poetry. Her chapbook, So
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