for Jade Rose King and George Floyd A YouTube clip shows a riot ignitedafter police killed George Floyd— torched SUVs, overturned cop cars,armored officers retreating— all of that sinks my wifeinto a deeper postpartum,having made it throughour personal crisis. We watch the python of despaircoil itself around America, blowing outglass storefronts and colliding angry bodiesas […]
Posted by Alan King on Friday, July 27, 2018
Big thanks to The Little Patuxent Review for inviting me to submit this guest blog post as part of their Concerning Craft series. When the impulse hits and the words come, I keep myself open for how the poem wants to guide me. (My poems usually come to me as a series of images from […]
On Oct. 18, 2016, Silver Birch Press took a chance with me and published my latest poetry collection, POINT BLANK. A lot happened since then. For starters, I got a review in the Washington City Paper. My book made a Winter Reading list and was promoted at 25 readings/book signings. I even got blessed by a […]
I managed to get a new poem out. Click the link below. Posted by Alan King on Friday, October 27, 2017
Here’s a poem for National Poetry Month. Posted by Alan King on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
I’m grateful to Rattle for publishing my poem, “How It Feels,” in their current issue. I also appreciate the encouraging words from friends. I’m dedicating the poem to any new parent(s) who’s had to defend their best choices against others’ judgments.
This trailer, “Hulk,” is inspired by the poem of the same name from my new collection, POINT BLANK, which was named among the “10 Best Poetry Books of 2016” by Beltway Poetry. The narrative poems explore the various black male archetypes resulting from racism, classism, and related economic disparities while showing their humanity in a […]
So, I’ve had this manuscript for three years. I sent it out and I’m still working on getting it picked up. This is another trailer for Point Blank. (Here’s the first.) Check it out!