DPersonally yours... is my third poetry book and has been penned especially for you. It has the emotional edge that you need to engage your mind, body and soul and is split into two parts:
Sonic Tonic...Is a fast flowing therapeutic section with a feel good factor definitely running through it. It is uplifting, up-beat and aimed to soothe and groove you whilst you relax and unwind. It might even be a little funny at times, but the essence is for you to sit back and enjoy an easy read. In comparison to some of my other work it is not heavy and hard hitting in the way you may have come to expect from me.
From the inside out...Is an anthology of poems that evoke feelings and emotions. Its a segment dedicated to these compartments of love, desperation, sadness, and fear that we so often try in vain to understand or even suppress. From the inside out is written from a personal viewpoint, not necessarily always my own, but I have tried to imagine how one would feel in these situations and to capture that emotion in each piece. I hope you enjoy
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Reviewed By Wendy Paulson
Official Apex Reviews Rating: 5 STAR
, the third collection of poetry by Donna Parkinson,is a full-bodied display of an artist at the absolute peak of her creative powers. Ranging from the simple to the profound to the amusing to the heart-rending,
each of the pieces in Parkinsons opus has the singular ability to stir up a sea of emotions within the reader, and the overall collection is a powerful testament to a formidable literary talent that is here to stay.
is broken up into two sections: Sonic Tonic, which touches on a wide range of issues taken straight from the pages of everyday life, and From The Inside Out, which delves deeply into the innermost regions of the heart, exposing the all-too-familiar feelings and emotions that we all wrestle with from day to day.
The likes of what readers can expect in the Sonic Tonic section is best reflected in this passage from You cant just sit there:
But you cant just sit there,
pretending not to care.
We all have our crosses to bear,
Though some of us take things too far.
Its just how we are.
It takes all kinds you know!
To make the world turn
we all need to learn,
that we cant just sit there,
Its time to care.
And in this passage from Its simple:
Simple things please simple minds.
The meaning of life is revealed as the story unwinds.
Just go with the flow,
enlighten that, which you didnt know.
Stay the course,
let go of remorse.
Free your soul,
make yourself whole.
While both passages address significantly different aspects of life, Parkinsons insightful approach to each one easily draws the reader into the greater overall poetic context within which she successfully frames them.
And for a succulent taste of From The Inside Out, simply peruse this passage from the eponymous title poem that leads off the section:
But I belong
to a long
line of sufferers;
bad news discoverers.
I seem to pursue,
misery and pain.
clouds and rain,
are always surrounding.
Doubt is resounding,
from the inside out,
yet I am devout,
in my decision.
There is no provision,
for me to fail,
I must prevail!
With her first two offerings, A Different Perspective and New Beginnings On The Endz, laying the roots, DPersonally Yours
given Donna Parkinson the wings that she needs to ascend into the stratosphere of the poetic elite.
Her outstanding new collection is a refreshing, entertaining, enlightening addition to the literary world, and one that lovers of truly compelling poetry will surely embrace and appreciate.
Official Apex Reviews Interview: Donna Parkinson (D'Personally Yours)
Donna, thanks for joining us for this interview. We're looking forward to learning more about your book.
Hello and many thanks for having me here again.
The pieces in the collection cover a wide range of topics and issues that we all encounter in some way in everyday life. How did you ultimately decide upon which ones you would include in the book?
This time I actually wrote the majority of the poems for the book and added pieces that I had written before that I felt fit in with either the sonic tonic or from the inside out theme.
I came up with the title sometime back and the headlines of each section and just took it from there really.
Where does your poetic inspiration come from?
Well from anywhere and everywhere, since I have started writing everything inspires me, TV programmes, overheard conversations, songs and all sorts of things. Everyday life inspires me; the people around me play a huge part in my writing.
Angela Edgar, as you know, is a fantastic writer and a wonderfully supportive friend who inspires me so very often. My family are a constant source of motivation, especially my daughter. My colleagues often encourage me to write at lunchtime and are always so keen to get involved in choosing themes and titles.
The people on My Space are also an unstoppable fountain of inspiration
. David, Bob and Norm are 3 special friends that I have found on MySpace who have inspired me so many times to write, in so many different ways. Its amazing what inspiration you can draw from others.
Dare we ask...what inspired you to compose the piece "My vaginal animal"?
Oh, that was penned during one of our Lunchtime suggestions for poetry sessions, Nikhil Rathore, a very very funny guy, decided it would be an amusing title and so, as ever, I rose to the challenge.
Once it was finished everyone thought it was hilarious and they decided that it just had to go in the book. Sonic tonic was always meant to be uplifting and therapeutic and what better therapy than a good old laugh eh?
Is it difficult for you to summon the turbulent emotions necessary to write poems about pain and heartbreak?
Not really, to be honest, I am a very straight forward, to the point, kind of person and I have had my fair share of pain and heartbreak over the years but I figured that many people have experienced those emotions too and so sharing might be a way of showing others that they are not alone.
What are some of your favourite topics to write about?
Thats easy, Gun and knife crime, peer pressure, gang life and those sorts of topics. In fact, the complete spectrum of social behaviour, those issues, that our younger generation face on a day to basis.
That is where my poetic heart really lies; in raising awareness and trying to curb the urban violence that plays such a prominent role in our day to day lives.
For those who don't know, please share more with us about precisely who "D'Persona" is.
DPersona is an ordinary 40 year old working mum who just loves to write. She is a woman driven by determination to one day make a difference
Are things still going well for you with your publisher, Mad Jock Publishers?
Ha ha, you could say that
I bought Mad Jock in February and now I am the publisher!!! The owner Rols Sperling had commitments that meant he couldnt devote the time necessary to keep the business going and so we talked and I bought the company.
All three of your poetic collections have generated considerable positive buzz. Is there a fourth collection on the horizon?
Now, if you had asked me this 2 weeks ago I would have said no, but I have been trying out a new style of poetry Inspired by a very talented writer and Rapper called David Cardenas ( A.K.A. D-Cipher) from MySpace
.Yes, believe it or not I have been writing rap lyrics Lol and loving it too I might add.. So I have been thinking that since my heart lies in raising gun and knife crime awareness with the younger generation and since the younger generation seem to love Rap, what better way to reach them than through a medium they already feel a connection to. Its all just an idea at the moment but I would perhaps like to put out a conscious collaboration with other poets and rappers etc about the dangers of gang culture, carrying weapons, drugs, peer pressure etc.. So you will just have to watch this space
Your writing style is quite unique and innovative. Who have been some of your chief poetic influences?
Wow, Im at risk of sounding conceited here, but I have no poetic style influences other than myself, as I tend to just write what I feel. As I said before, people definitely inspire me to write with a topic or a title but what flows, is what flows, I dont get hung up on syllable counts and technical expertise; I am more interested in the message.
I never started out with a particular style of writing in my mind but many people comment on my style but its not an intentional approach, I really just start writing and see where it takes me. Often I dont even know where its going til its there!!!
What advice would you give to aspiring poets and spoken word artists seeking to get their works in print?
.. Check out Mad Jock!!
How can our readers keep up with all your latest activities?
Through the Mad Jock website for publishing developments and through MySpace, Authors den, United World Poets and Poets inkwell for my personal poetic developments.
Also, how can they contact you directly?
Any final thoughts you'd like to share?
Yes Id like to thank everyone who has supported me so far and I hope to keep delivering what you want to read.
Thanks again, Donna, and best of continued success to you in all your endeavours!
Many thanks; Ill keep you posted on any developments