Anthony B Perales 

​The poetry of Anthony B. Perales speaks to the harsh realities of his life, which he acknowledges in his two chapbooks: You’ll Find Me In The Darkness If I Let You (2014) and Arm The Outcast (2015).  The poetry comprises straightforward and telling narratives about growing up in San Pedro, chasing the dragon, spending time in L.A county jail and California's prison system , learning native doctrine in the desert of Southern California, losing love, and finding poetry.
He wrote his first poem in 2007 when he was thirty-three years old.


 To be able to admit you were as bad as you were while turning it into something easy to understand and hard to forget is something most writers will never learn in a classroom .

  Anthony has since been published, both in print and online, in various literary magazines and also has become a featured writer on several online poetry websites.(Hellopoetry.com Allpoetry.com)
 In 2014, with the help of long time friend, Aaron Portillo, he self-published his first chapbook, You'll Find Me In the Darkness, If I Let You on his own DeadEnd Press imprint. The second edition of this chapbook will be released on August 6, 2016 on End Fwy Press.
 In 2015, Anthony was chosen by Don King Fisher as 1 of 140 Southern California poets to be published in Spectrum Anthology of Southern California Poets.
Also in 2015, Anthony released his follow up chapbook, Arm The Outcast on his own, Poppy Press imprint. The second edition of this chapbook is scheduled to be released on End Fwy Press sometime in 2016. 

 In 2015, Anthony was chosen by Don King Fisher as 1 of 140 Southern California poets to be published in Spectrum Anthology of Southern California Poets.
 He names writers and musicians such as the Minutemen, Bad Brains, Steven Jessie Bernstein, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Cormac McCarthy, Jimi Hendrix, Don Winslow and friends like Craig Ibarra and Aaron Portillo as his main influences when it comes to art and creating in general.

When asked about his writing style and how he approaches a poem or a short story, he has only one answer.
"I only write about the things I know — the things I’ve seen."


Although there is, at times, a filtered, contextual anger in his poetry, Perales does not vent. Quite the contrary. He allows the reader in, bit by bit, like an introvert weighing the consequences of revealing too much. Yet, paradoxically, he reveals a lot, giving the reader admission into the darkness of his world through a poetry that says: "This is real. It happened. I do not lie. I do not exaggerate. If you bear with me, I will tell you what I know, what I have seen".
Likewise, Perales does not do surface poetry. His narrative voice belies the complexities of the submerged layers that constitute the poet’s oeuvre.
​Given the reality in which he has lived—prison, heroin, alcohol—the poet finds an altogether different one that holds him together—a reality of words that shape his poetry. 





 


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