Monday 5 August 2013

2 Poems by Kevin Minh Allen

When Home Is Not Enough

Shrouded in rumor, your secrets were unraveling,
and the swelling underneath your blouse
was no longer a question of if but when.

Away you were sent to lie in a bed of lice and dried shrimp
in a village hostile to yet another bastard
who will end up begging for forgiveness.

Yet, here I am, returning from the deep well they tried to drown me in, waiting
to enter the silence of your existence echoing in this dark cave,
however indecipherable.

Breathing In Absentia

Creased air bore my form
Sun in the palm of morning
Crept away the night
Opened my eyes for the first time
Heavy with unspent promise


Kevin Minh Allen was born Nguyễn Đức Minh on December 5, 1973 near Sài Gòn, Vietnam to a Vietnamese mother and American father who remain unknown to him. He was adopted by a couple from Rochester, NY and grew up in Webster, NY with his two younger sisters. In 2000, he moved to Seattle, WA to pursue a life less ordinary. Kevin is a technical writer who has had his poetry published in numerous print and online publications, such as Aileron, HazMat Literary Review, Chrysanthemum and, most recently, Eye To The Telescope. Kevin finished his first collection of poetry, The Wind Above The Coast¸and is searching for a publisher.

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