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The Dream and Drink of Freedom

By John Allen


Publication Date: March 12, 2012 ISBN: 978-090779115-7 Categories: ,

John Allen

John ‘Dolphin’ Allen, is author, poet, playwright who invented, conceived and co-founded the Biosphere 2 project – the world’s largest laboratory for global ecology. Biosphere 2 set a number of world records in closed life system work including, among others, degree of sealing tightness, 100% waste recycle and water recycle, and duration of human residence within a closed system (eight people for two years). Allen has also conceived and co-founded nine other projects around the world, pioneering in sustainable co-evolutionary development.

He is currently the Chairman of Global Ecotechnics Corporation. This is an international project development and management company with a Biospheric Design Division engaged in designing and preparing to build the second generation of advanced materially closed biospheric systems and ecologically enriched biomic systems (; and an EcoFrontiers Division which owns and operates innovative sustainable ecological projects of which he was the co-founder and chief designer in France, Australia (5000 acre savannah regeneration project), Puerto Rico (1000 acre sustainable rainforest project) and England (

Allen began the first manned Biosphere Test Module experiment in September 1988, residing in the almost fully recyclable closed ecological system environment for three days and setting a world record at that time, proving that closed ecological systems would work with humans inside. As the vice-president of Biospheric Development for the project, as well as Executive Chairman, Allen was responsible for the science and engineering that created the materially closed life system, as well as the development of spin-off technologies.


This edition of THE DREAM AND DRINK OF FREEDOM is a second one, the greater part of the first edition having been burned in 1952 during the McCarthy period. Selected poems have been added to the original, so that the poetry here spans the years between 1942 and 1986.

In an informative foreword provided by Kathelin Hoffman, the reader of THE DREAM AND DRINK OF FREEDOM learns that Johnny Dolphin left home for the first time at the age of 14, and that he has been traveling since. As a young man he lived and worked in Oklahoma, California, New York and Chicago, to name a few. After JFK’s assassination, he left the U.S. to live in Africa, in Asian, and in war-torn Vietnam, where he divided his time between Buddhist scholarship and stringing for a news correspondent in Saigon. When he finally returned to the U.S. it was with a different perspective than the one he left with—as well as with an unequivocal vision for both his own future and the planet’s. This vision was especially clear regarding his two great loves, science and art, and it was followed by one of the most creative periods in Dolphin’s life; he began to write plays, founded a theater company and began a series of ecological projects that continue to this day.

The poetry in THE DREAM AND DRINK OF FREEDOM is divided into six sections, with each one alluding not only to a period in Dolphin’s life but to a period in history as well. Dolphin’s work is influenced by Blake, Whitman, Joyce, Burroughs, Brecht, Baudelaire, Mayakovsky, and Khayyam. Collectively, the poetry is so restless, energetic, and intense that it truly shimmers on the page.

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Weight .375 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.75 × .25 in
Pages 0


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