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Pris Campbell   Contributor -- Florida
                        




               



Among other Journals and Poetry Collections,  Pris Campbell's poetry has been published in Chiron Review, MiPo Publications (print/OCHO/digital/radio), Boxcar Poetry Review, Wild Goose Poetry Review ,The  Dead Mule, The Smoking Poet,and has been featured poet in In The Fray, Empowerment4Women and From East to West. .Her haiga and digital images have also been widely published.  Her first chapbook, Abrasions, was published by Rank Stranger Press. Interchangeable Goddesses ,with Tammy Trendle, was published by Rose of Sharon Press. A third chapbook, Hesitant Commitments, is part of Lummox Press's Little Red Book series and can be purchased at www.lummoxpress.com. She was nominated for her first Pushcart Prize in 2008. Formerly a Clinical Psychologist, she has been  sidelined by CFIDS since 1990. She currently lives with her husband  in the greater West Palm Beach, FL, otherwise known as hurricane alley.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Visit my website at
http://www.poeticinspire.com/
and my blog at
http://poeticinspire.blogspot.com/
My latest chapbook, Hesitant Commitments,
can be purchased at http://www.lummoxpress.com/
 










Buy Gill's book here:




   

 

52 pages of poetry - £6.00


http://indigodreams.name/main/page_bookshop.html

 









‘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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