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Gill O'Halloran   Contributor -- England






                                           



Gill O’Halloran lives in London, in an ordinary house full of teenagers, cats and CDs. Her poems have been published in online magazines Luciole Press, The Guild of Outsider Writers and Empowerment4women, in print magazines Citizen32, Socialist Women and Poetic Licence, and in the anthology ‘Nothing But Red’ a book bringing attention to violence against women worldwide. She has enjoyed performing at poetry venues and arts festivals in South and Central London. Her first collection, ‘This Seven Year Old Walks into a Bar’ was one of three winners in the 2008 Indigo Dreams Press poetry competition.
 




 





Buy this book here:




   

 

52 pages of poetry - £6.00


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‘This Seven Year Old Walks into a Bar’ by Gill O’ Halloran

 

 Reviewed by Pris Campbell




 

Accomplished poet Gill O’Halloran’s first poetry collection, This Seven Year Old Walks Into A Bar, delivers the goods!  Ms.O’Halloran has also published her poetry in numerous journals and has penned short stories, as well as a book on addiction. This 50 page collection is published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in England having been chosen as one of 3 winners in their 2008 poetry competition.

 

The book engaged me from the first poem. I found myself eagerly turning from page to page to read what would come next, then starting from the beginning to read them again. Ms O’Halloran’s words are fresh and deftly delivered. They helped me see the world through different eyes. What more can I ask from a book of poems?

 

 

 

 

In Complicated Grief Reactions, we read:

 

I can still hear

the howl of the cockpit’s

buckled metal as it poured

hot lick flesh into fetid swamps,

leaving lumps of my husband

sinking under mud.




 

In Bindweed, a poem about abuse comes:

 

Adults who’ve been abused

tell you things you should never know

as soon as you’ve met them:

their doubts, their debts, when they have sex.

You ask unwilling questions to keep theirs at bay,

which they unfortunately mistake for friendship.





 

And I can’t resist one last quote from Coming Home:

 

Is this what coming home looks like?

A map redrawn, a ring worn inside out?

 

 

 

 

 

I could quote from the entire book, but would suggest you buy it and read for yourself. In this time of economic hardship, we all take more care in our choice of new reading material. You won’t go wrong choosing this collection.

And wait until you see the cover. It’s a classic!






 


-- 
Pris Campbell, poet, author of Abrasions, Interchangeable Goddesses (with Tammy Trendle), Hesitant Commitments and an upcoming full length book, Sea Trails.

 
















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