FIONNA DONEY SIMMONDS Reviews THE GOOD CAMPAIGN
I just happened upon a review of my chapbook, THE GOOD CAMPAIGN (Dusie 2006). Fionna Doney Simmonds stumbles around with the poetry a bit, but finally flatters aptly. I enjoyed the frustrations (sorry!) that lead to her picturesque conclusion (& wouldn’t mind a sip of that wine if I got to eavesdrop):
“… It is not a light poem — it is heavy, but not stodgy — a bit like Christmas pudding on Boxing Day around 9 pm after the leftover roast has been made into sandwiches. Her imagery, however, despite being overwhelming, is fantastic.
A feminine body needs to slice, not bubble,
the air that masks us clearer.
The same could be said of King’s poetry. This is the kind of poem that I would really enjoy bringing into a group discussion. A bunch of poetry enthusiasts, sitting around an open fire, drinking heavy red wine, heatedly debating the images that flood this chapbook. It is not a book for the fainthearted, definitely not for the novice. To appreciate this book you must be a serious poetry lover. It is also, having said that, a book for the poetry writer. Amy King has an amazing manipulative way with words that is an inspiration to anyone interested in the written word.”
–Review excerpt by Fionna Doney Simmonds from GALATEA RESURRECTS #4