Books

Down by the Riverside Ways

Published by Antrim House Books in 2009, is available.

 

"Some poets produce highly polished and showy zirconium studded with many well-behaved commas. Susan Allison has created poems that seem to have become naturally what they are as diamonds emerge from carbon under pressure, not laid out on black velvet, but set in mother earth. Every place you've lived, you've had glimpses of the good life she tells us of, but not necessarily in the sort of dingy hole-in-the-wall where she finds it. And you have seen the legends the poet describes: the hobos full of emptiness, the suits full of themselves, the river that divides a continent, the body, noise and odor of a city. But as she lifts and turns these legends, you'll see them in a new light. You also know the war she rages against; but in these poems, that war shows new and frightening facets. Its victims include a child harangued by a landlord and an old woman beleaguered by her 'betters' as she struggles to carry groceries to her tenement apartment." - John Basinger, poet​

Down By The Riverside Ways

Poet Laureate of Middletown Proclaimed and Provoked

Published by Ibis Books in 2018, is available.
 

"Allison speaks as citizen, poet, woman, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, gardener, patient, exhorter, seeker of peace, lover of poets and words and water and the moon. Ultimately, I see Susan Allison's poetry as I see her: generous, down-to-earth, exuberant. Here is a poetry of real life, a poetry of encouragement - encouraging herself and all who choose to enter her sphere." - Kate Rushin, poet

"I loved this book. Here is a collection of fine art so vibrant, so in love with expression it begs a place on the top shelf. I truly love this book." - Colin Haskins, poet

Poet Laureate of Middletown Proclaimed and Provoked

be full

Published by Ibis Books in 2019, is available.

“Indeed, the poems of be full will fill your heart and mind with extraordinary moments from the seemingly ordinary landscapes of life, drawn with keen words and a passionate voice as soulful as it is honest.” - Richard Blanco, author of Looking for the Gulf Motel

Ah, Susan, I know you can hear me .... Your work has taken hold of me again, with be full. The lilt, the tickle and tingle, the rents, riffs, and roils, the utter utterness of the world--you knew and bespoke these things far better than most of us ever could. Thank you, Susie, for a bequest beyond reckoning.” - Dan Wheeler, bookseller emeritus

“​Susan Allison's poems are as honest, passionate, and humane as she herself remained to the very end. How fortunate we are, having lost Susan herself, not to have lost her one-of-a-kind voice!” - Rennie McQuilkin, Connecticut Poet Laureate 2015-2018, author of The Readiness

Be Full