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The Thirteenth Circle

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Through a combination of poems, drawings and autobiographical excerpts. Allen tells his story in the hope others can relate and find solace.

Synopsis

The Thirteenth Circle is a collection of 66 poems written by American Poet, Chaz Allen. Aiming to provoke thought about one’s nature, and autobiographical in style, the author shares explicit details of his life and what inspired certain pieces. The poems within, often tied to metaphor, allegory, and abstraction, invite the reader to reach far past the surface. Themes explored include: Faith and Spirituality, Love, Depression and Mental Health, as well as Growth and Evolution. The Thirteenth Circle includes content and imagery that are original works of art.

The collection aims to walk readers through the written journey alongside the author. Its intent is to invoke thought and contemplation amongst its readers. The collections ultimate purpose, in the end, is to inspire those who read it to believe in what they are capable of becoming. Life has a way of “happening” to of all us. Sometimes it’s in our favor and sometimes it’s not.

The Thirteenth Circle exists as a candid and factual account of what one may overcome. Its poems are visceral, thought provoking, and poised to uphold those of any race, creed, or nationality who’ve faced diversity and struggle.

Allen’s The Thirteenth Circle is a debut which explores man’s relationship with faith, temptation and possessing a sense of self. Through a combination of poems, drawings and autobiographical excerpts. Allen tells his story in the hope others can relate and find solace.


The drawings are fascinating; each one a different style, only the characteristic colours of black, red and white remain the same. The poems which followed these illustrations stand out as a result - they are often transcripts of the wordless images and this insight into a creative’s mind is incredibly refreshing. 


Allen’s frequent autobiographical ‘pitstops’ were too. Very few writers ever feel the need to explain their work, so at first I looked on these snippets with concern. However, Allen only ever stops to build upon the poem, rather than dismantle it. One poem, about suicide ideation, led to Allen questioning the rise in mental illness in recent years and how culpable modern society is. Thus, Allen uses his work to open up a dialogue with his reader.


The poetry itself ranged from mediocre to brilliant. Many added little to what Allen was hoping to achieve; caught up in so much abstraction they became meaningless. However Allen is clearly talented, it is just perhaps the editing and structure of this collection which could have been improved.


Nevertheless, Allen’s collection offers poetry readers something new and fresh. Many shall find solace and their own meanings in the more abstract pieces. 

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I am an English teacher and a writer. I published my first poetry collection, Between the Trees, in May 2019. I read widely and avidly and review through Reedsy Discovery, Amazon Vine and individual review requests. All reviews are published on Amazon, Goodreads and my blog - My Screaming Twenties.

Synopsis

The Thirteenth Circle is a collection of 66 poems written by American Poet, Chaz Allen. Aiming to provoke thought about one’s nature, and autobiographical in style, the author shares explicit details of his life and what inspired certain pieces. The poems within, often tied to metaphor, allegory, and abstraction, invite the reader to reach far past the surface. Themes explored include: Faith and Spirituality, Love, Depression and Mental Health, as well as Growth and Evolution. The Thirteenth Circle includes content and imagery that are original works of art.

The collection aims to walk readers through the written journey alongside the author. Its intent is to invoke thought and contemplation amongst its readers. The collections ultimate purpose, in the end, is to inspire those who read it to believe in what they are capable of becoming. Life has a way of “happening” to of all us. Sometimes it’s in our favor and sometimes it’s not.

The Thirteenth Circle exists as a candid and factual account of what one may overcome. Its poems are visceral, thought provoking, and poised to uphold those of any race, creed, or nationality who’ve faced diversity and struggle.

Author Testimony


“I want this book to be something people read and resonate with. I don’t want people to feel sorry for me, dwell on the details shared, think I’m just whining, or spend too much time trying to decipher anything; it may take a few times around for that. I want people to understand It’s much bigger than me. Like many before, I want this to be an example for all who have struggled. It’s meant to show how they can overcome; that it is possible.”


“These are ongoing issues that exist in all communities around the world. I didn’t write this as an attempt to convey some sort of unjust mistreatment by life, but to bring to light issues so many people face and never find a way out of. This is just the beginning and I’m quite anxious to see how people respond. I hope I’m able to utilize this for much more going forward, but regardless, there is more work to come; more refined work. I’ll always be a writer, no matter what.”


About the author

Chaz Allen is an American poet based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His first collection, “The Thirteenth Circle", is available now. Chaz’s poems are often wrapped in allegory, metaphor, abstraction, and invite the reader to dig deeper than what's on the surface alone. view profile

Published on January 17, 2020

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9000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Poetry

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