The Journey to Kailash

by Mike Allen
Release date: 2008
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy

A poetry collection.

Mike Allen's newest collection, THE JOURNEY TO KAILASH, gathers 57 poems that explore regions sometimes whimsical, sometimes terrifying, always off the beaten trail. From the title poem, in which the down-to-earth teenage narrator discovers his mother's new husband is Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu god of luck; to "Manifest Density," a tongue-in-cheek celebration of materialism that dares Mankind to "play a game of chicken with the Universe"; to "The Strip Search," in which the gate of Hell functions like an airport metal detector, sounding off when a damned soul hasn't yet abandoned all Hope; to an entire cycle of surreal poems in which the paintings of such artists as Chagall and O'Keeffe become reality; Allen uses a wide range of strange subjects and skewed perspectives to examine the hopes and fears that shape our times. Sometimes drawing from mythology, sometimes extrapolating bizarre futures, and not at all afraid to blend the two, Allen's poetry still addresses universal themes of love, loss and longing with candor and even humor.

(updated 2014-12-07)

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