Unlikely Stories Presents

ALLISON KRAMER has yet to orchestrate any bombings

To the Unlikely Stories home pageThe poems of Allison Kramer almost seem tentative, nervously approaching and sinking into their subject matter. With dream-like symbols and childhood images, they explore realms of despair and confusion, showing us the most uncomfortable aspects of living in Allison's world.

Allison says: "I have been writing poetry for five years. I began writing after my dad's death. Poetry has been my way of expression to many things, largely dealing with emotional illness and how I view this fast-paced, hectic, often cold world of ours.

"I started writing lyrical-type poetry, but have experimented with different forms, including free-verse, trying not to lose my own style in the process. As for a personal opinion on my poems, they are self-explanatory and autobiographical.

"As for credentials, I have been published in my local newspaper, 'zines such as Lucid Moon, The Cherotic Revolutionary, and Alpha-Beat Press.

"I began seeking publication in 1998. It is quite an experience to learn from. I found much of my early work at odds in a field that largely publishes 'beat' and 'free-verse' type poetry. So I began experimenting with different forms on my own, but I think I'll always love writing lyrical poetry best.

"Influences on my work have been largely musicians, including David Bowie as a biggest inspiration. Other influences have been the many aspects of my illness. Highs, lows, hospitalizations, countless emotions. A major incluence for me lately has been the state of our hectic, loud, angry world, how it effects me.

"I have taken on poetry to be more than a hobby. I performed in coffee-houses and bookstores and libraries until my illness took over. I hope to get back to performing one day. I'm not in it for the money, I know there isn't much in it. I do hope to get a book published someday, but that's someday. Just the thrill of seeing my work in print brings me much satisfaction and makes me feel like I have accomplished something.

"As for other aspects of me? Well, my illness makes it impossible (for now anyway), for me to do the things I used to love. I am pretty much a slave to my home. Music serves as my inspiration, my mental escape from reality. I love rock bands from the 1980's. I also enjoy contemporary jazz. I also read poetry. Allen Ginsberg and Emily Dickenson to name a few. I also read many unknown authors as well." Allison has no e-mail address, but you can write to her through Unlikely Stories.

Allison's works here at Unlikely Stories are:

July 1999 - July 2000:
Never In-Between
help me... whoever/whatever
The Potter & the Clay