Wednesday, 26 February 2014

day 4

Day Four 

To repeat, this is the last time,
so stake your reputation
and all you can spare.

This has all been proven
in principle, and everything is
theory, after all.

My advice? Call it
an experience. They say the worst
thing is to be called brave,
for even trying.

It's all up from here,
little one.

day 3

Day Three 

Most of all, I'm interested in quality,
and you are the last place to check.

So when we auction your regrets,
it surprises no one when
a telephone bidder poaches the shame
you visit at 2am.

And I will take my cut
of another happy customer.
And I will find the best price
on the bribe. And weeks later,

when the money hits your account,
there'll be six new shames to spend.

Monday, 24 February 2014

day two

Day Two 

Great art can fit a postcard
if I let it. So I will sign
the corner of you,
and you will travel second-class,
with no return address.

And somehow, in spite,
I'll arrive home first.
So when you come, water-stained
and flown (the only mail that week),
you'll be destined for a pile -

a pile in a drawer, in a house,
in a life, alongside condoms and receipts,
and I will forget all your context
and you will lose your power.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

AWP blog day 1

whilst at AWP 2014, I intend to write at least one poem a day

Day One

It is estimated that at any one time,
fourteen people are lost at sea.

And I will beat that high score,
at one notch above mute,
one pixel on a sea of blue.

And in a grey madness, between
genius and faith,
I will make intimate with the one choice left.

As my mind's raft splinters,
and I forget the dry,
I will dream once of you,
then only my mourners,
lining coasts by phone light.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

two poems

Financially Motivated

Water’s fine, so was the journey.
I found you okay and I’m target driven,
client facing, determined,
and in three years time I will be
three years older, debt free,
in a one man metaphor at the edge
of this conversation.

Success is a heavy watch in a closed drawer,
and I am doing you proud,
shaking firmly, presenting without
notes in a prompt and pressed suit.

Reliable, adaptable, basic plus bonus,
oriented by previous experience and
learning from failure upon failure.
Check my references,
they’ll all be dead some day.

Buying Love

Barter hard. Press at her
needs. Wait till she slumps,

then pull a Silver Medal smile.
Show there was more in the wallet after all.

Hold each twenty to the light:
it’s a mistake to trust blindly.

Pay them to the floor,
turn her and seal the contract.

Here’s the wet and good old days,
rushing back like her shaking.

Here’s the ease of fantasy, deep 
and foreign, the strange accent of her groan.

Friday, 17 May 2013

new story published on Banango Street

titled 'Partial Transcripts Of Selected Phone Calls To London Metropolitan Police Force, 12 November 2012'

you can check it out HERE

Saturday, 27 April 2013

The Prodigal reviewed on i am alt lit

Confusing review can be read HERE


the formatting was ‘fun’ and ‘interesting’

really made things pop,

especially changing fonts in dialogue

‘great job’


enjoy that it was ‘open’ ended

leaves ya thinking

‘well what now, pal?’

which is always a great way to ‘end’ a novel

just enough ‘satisfaction’ for it to be enjoyable

and still leave ‘something to be desired’ 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The Prodigal is reviewed on HTMLGiant

Check it out HERE

Frank Hinton says: "Allison’s story plays like a great hand. He flops a pair of failed suicides, bluffs his parents on money, runs away from his life without anything in the pocket. There’s an eloquent poker story here about a poker player and a dark little kid without nuts."

Thank you, Frank. ily

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Dazed Digital covers The Prodigal

and other Civil Coping Mechanisms stuff

check it out HERE

Thank you to the genius, Sam Riviere

Sunday, 24 March 2013

final stories in the reading series

Philosophy / Science Of Man / Ethics / General / General Science Of Good and Evil. Of Duties in General. Of Virtue. Of the Necessity of Being Virtuous, etc., by James Tadd Adcox

Water, by Blake Butler

May We Shed These Human Bodies, by Amber Sparks

Thursday, 21 March 2013

videos stories genius

Go Like This, by Lorrie Moore

The Worst (1960-1971), by Dennis Cooper

I Am A Very Productive Entrepreneur, by Mathias Svalina

16:PM, by Amelia Gray

Sunday, 17 March 2013

three more stories

Standoff, by xTx

Sun Girl, by Frank Hinton

Chicken Father, by Sarah Rose Etter

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

three more stories I read

The Prisoners, by Scott McClanahan

Old Tampons, by Richard Chiem

 Voodoo Child, by Roxane Gay

Review of The Prodigal on Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Read it HERE.

'Allison’s evocations of poker — whether online or in unseemly casinos; whether enmeshed in a game or simply obsessing over particular players — is skillful and immersive. There is much to admire in this novel, and even more promise for the books that will follow.'

Monday, 11 March 2013

more pictures

The beautiful Hannah Lee with my book

The beautiful Giles Ruffer with my book

new published story and a video project

A story by me was published in Untoward

Check out the beautiful artwork comissioned to go with it:

I am doing a project where I will be reading a short story out loud every day for two weeks

Here is day one: Signifying Nothing, by David Foster Wallace

Saturday, 23 February 2013

interview at the mancunion wrt The Prodigal

check it out HERE

I constructed a five part course

Hopefully there should be a balance between criticism/fiction/poetry on each. This is an incomplete version of the course. I hope to receive suggestions on more selections for each section. I also plan to add specifics and aims for each section. I would like the course to run from the start of May. It will be free to anyone who wishes to participate and will be conducted over Spreecast for two hours, once a fortnight. Feel free to come into the Spreecast even if you haven't read all/any of the books.

The links provided below are all mainly for Americans.

Coverage on Alt Lit Gossip

Virtual Ontology

A course by Alexander J Allison

Course Book

Web Aesthetics – Vito Campanelli

Context as the New Content – Hyperreality and Virtual Space

Simulacra and Simulation – Jean Baudrillard [particularly the chapters on Las Vegas and Disneyland:]

There Is No Year – Blake Butler
The Marbled Swarm – Dennis Cooper
The Helmet of Horror – Victor Pevlin

Method and Anti-Method – The Construction of a Possible Literature

Octet – David Foster Wallace [in Brief Interviews With Hideous Men]
The Garden of Forking Paths/The Library of Babel – Jorges Luis Borges [in Fictiones/ Labyrinths]

An Unkept Person – The Limits of a Virtual Identity

In Great Company – Michael J Seidlinger
You Private Person – Richard Chiem AND/OR AM/PM – Amelia Gray

Appropriation and Salvage – Blasphemy and the Uncreative Act

Uncreative Writing – Kenneth Goldsmith

Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote - Jorges Luis Borges [in Fictiones/ Labyrinths]
Download Helvetica For Free – Steve Roggenbuck

Transgression and Pathology – The Repressed as Creator

Heroines – Kate Zambreno
Interior Chambers: The Emily Dickenson Homestead – Diana Fuss []

Dora: A Headcase – Lidia Yuknavitch
Person – Sam Pink [particularly focus on the ‘Other Version’ Chapters: 3/4, 10/11, 15/16, 22/23, 25/26, 27/28, 30/31]
Fuckscapes – Sean Kilpatrick

Friday, 22 February 2013

another beautiful thing

Chris Killen wrote a poem called 'A Dog Will Appear'

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

on my obsession with exploiting medium

here's a review that abuses virtual architecture in wonderful ways