A Conversation with Poet, Allen Guest
This next interview is with a poet who joined our writing group about four years ago. His poetry captured our imagination in ways we didn't expect. Not everyone in our group understands the nuances of poetry, but Allen's ability to take something so personal and make it vivid made us better at appreciating poetry.
Allen GuestAllen Guest is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University, where he mostly teaches courses in the calculus sequence for science and engineering majors. He lives in Clemson with his wife Suzette and their cats, Daisy and Dolly.
Allen's parents were accountants, so it’s not surprising that he ended up working in mathematics. They also filled their house with books and magazines and always encouraged reading. His mother hauled Allen and his brother to the local library countless times when they were too young to drive. Allen supposes he enjoys words about as much as he does numbers.
Allen has been writing seriously for about four years, almost all poetry. His poems have appeared in Tilde, Flying South, The Petigru Review, The Esthetic Apostle, Cathexis Northwest Press (online), From the Depths (upcoming), and SPLASH! (upcoming, online). Three of his poems have been nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prize.