Friday, November 12, 2021

Project End of Days Art Installation

The Project End of Days Art Installation will feature both art and poetry exhibited at Montgomery Museum of Art & History and XYZ Gallery in Western Virginia over several decades. @ Project End of Days Virtual Gallery *coming soon @ & Gallery Appalachia 12/1/2022-3/1/2023 @

                                     * Highgate Cemetery Angel by S. Allgayer 2005

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Abandoned or Revised

I understood long ago that selecting one title and writing a series of poems (usually 60-70, sometimes more) worked well for me. I also agree with Paul Valery & his idea that; “a poem is never finished, only abandoned,” This liberating notion inspired me to continue to edit and revise and add to poems I had written decades before.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021


Keep as your focus the poetry, art and music itself and also as it’s own reward. -T. Byron Kelly

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Elements of Lost Time & Emotion

Everyone, young and old, carries a treasury of memories around with them, those sequences out of time that have become fully a part of us. The Poet can begin to translate those elements of lost time and emotion into a poetic story line after realizing they have always been living within us in some ghostly form or another.


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

A Vast En-Starred Symbol

Take some time to consider the truth of where you really are. Even sitting still we are space travelers around the sun. If the Universe is still the "externization of the soul" as Emerson noted, are we not standing on the precipice of a vast en-starred symbol of an infinite expanse? A living painting of the eternal or an icon of the living heart of God?

Saturday, June 5, 2021

The First Books of Poetry

The first books of poetry I bought back in 1988 or so were The Lords & The New Creatures by Jim Morrison (Simon & Schuster 1970) and Arthur Rimbaud's Complete Works Translated by Paul Schmidt (Harper & Row 1976) and they were both life altering for me. Both Authors were Transcendental visionaries that had written an astonishing array of poetry in a short period of time before dissapearing completely at a young age. Jim Morrison was so influenced by Arthur Rimbaud that he corresponded directly with Professor Wallace Fowley, who had written a new translation of Rimbaud’s poetry in the late 60’s. Both of these books opened up a new way of experiencing the ordinary world to me and challenged the way I thought poetry should be presented, and both would end up being some of my greatest influences as a Poet and still inform my work to this day. I still have both books here with me, they continue to convey the deep human longing and divine mystery (which is at the heart of the center of any real poetry), and to inspire and to transform again and again what I believe poetry can be.

The Lords and the New Creatures @
Arthur Rimbaud: Complete Works @ 
​Rimbaud and Jim Morrison: The Rebel as Poet @

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Art of Suggestion

Poetry and painting are "sister arts" & are meant to compliment one another. Poetry is imagistic & remains the art of suggestion- it should open up endless possibilities of meaning & be resistant to literal or linear interpretation. What matters is how a poem touches the individual heart.

Project End of Days Art Installation

The Project End of Days Art Installation will feature both art and poetry exhibited at Montgomery Museum of Art & History and XYZ Galler...