Allen, the African-American writer of I Want MY OWN BODY Back again (poems) and Eyes Mouth area Graffiti Body Store (play), is notable for his creative usage of language as well as for his melding from the dramatic literature and poetry genres. His afterwards plays consist of My Eyes Will be the Cage in my own Head, Swallow sunlight, as well as the Hieroglyph from the Cockatoo. Early in his lifestyle, he became a Zen Buddhist. He founded the Heavy Knot Rhythm Outfit, a Detroit movie theater firm, and Code No, a LA poetry and jazz music group. He was created and elevated in Detroit, Michigan, and he afterwards relocated to LA, California. He was a literary modern of fellow African-American poet Lucille Clifton.