Essays: Points of Departure
Allan has written several non-fiction, personal essays,
as well as more literary criticism than you can shake apart a deconstructionist with (sans
vibragun, of course).
- Betwixt and Between:
Allan won the 1997 Langston Hughes Award for Excellence in Prose
for "Betwixt and Between," and remains quite proud of that fact some thirty-odd
months later. It's about my desire to have been born left-handed, and
left-handedness in lanugage and myth.
- The Closer Side of
Night: This essay shares its
title with one of my poems, and was written in 1994 and
1995. It details the deep depression which I survived while attending my undergrad
at Penn State (something I'm fortunate to have not reexperienced since then).
- How to Walk, One Step at a Time
- The Recollection of Memory
- Shadowings: An
Introduction to Migration Patterns: This essay is what actually got me into non-fiction,
personal essay writing in the first place: I wanted to introduce my thesis without
the usual boring thing. Everything afterward was a downhill slope . . . .
I will add some more papers and such here, at some
point--probably on various American Renaissance authors first, like Melville ;-0
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