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A Different Perspective
by Donna Parkinson  Angela Edgar,Chelsea Parkinson 

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Publisher:  Madjock publishers


Copyright:  August 2008 ISBN-13:  9781906439347

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My first collection of poetry.

The launch of a best friend’s first poetry book in February 2008 gave me the inspiration to try my hand at writing poetry myself.  The first poem ‘free our earth’ was penned the very next morning. However, the sceptic in me decided that it must be rubbish as it only took 15 minutes to write. Coming from a research background I read it out to some people at work to gauge reaction. They thought it was great and gave me some ideas for other poems. Soon I was ‘writing to order’ and enjoying it too! The poems seemed to ‘come to me’ easily.

Within a month I was writing 3-4 poems a day, the workmates were running out of ideas but my poetic juices were already flowing. ‘Lines’ came at me from nowhere. I could be in the shower, in bed, driving or just having a general conversation and something would enter my head and I would think that’s a great line/title for a poem.   A note book became essential and a whole new world opened up for me, one where I found I was able to express myself in a way I had never dreamt possible. In July 2008, 370 poems later and with lots of encouragement I decided to publish my own book.   ‘A different perspective’ is my first book of poetry and is a collection of feelings and views that encompasses, love, life, humour and tackles some of the more serious issues facing our communities today.

What goes around comes around

Livin’ large, making ‘nuff money, more than you can spend,
Big man 'bout town, The Face, every junkie's friend,
Shotting crack and heroin like it was an herbal blend,
A reputation for brutality that your followers defend,

You don't care who you sell to, anyone with the ready cash,
No sex or age barrier, one and all can purchase in a flash,
Wow! You’re doing good man; you really are making a splash,
Long gone are the days when you used to sell weed and hash,

On the frontline day in and day out; holding your usual spot,
Not even thinking about the actual products that you shot,
The crack and the smack you are promoting will seal your lot,
Faces you see can fade but the blood on your hands cannot,

Just another day in the life of a regular drug dealing other,
Peddling destruction to the community, depriving a mother,
A constant source of poison; that we would prefer to smother,
Handing out death sentences to someone's sister or brother,

What goes around comes around and the needles you fill will turn,
The pipes you pack will become the same vessels that you yearn,
The tracks you lay will pave the way to the demise that you spurn,
And the profits you reap from others addiction will yield no return,

Actions have reactions and one day your conscience will twinge,
You will see that your future hangs on a shred of hope or a hinge,
Your life will take a turn; the day is coming when you will cringe,
As you watch the daughter you love playing with a dirty syringe.

Professional Reviews

Apex reviews
A Different Perspective
Donna Parkinson
ISBN: 9781906439347
Mad Jock Publishers
Reviewed By Wendy Paulson
Official Apex Reviews Rating:
The debut poetic collection by standout new author Donna Parkinson, A
Different Perspective is a veritable literary treat. In it, she tackles a wide range of
divergent topics, including everything from politics to love to domestic violence to
drug pushers. One would think that pulling off such a feat would be nearly
impossible to do, but Parkinson makes it look easy. Her conversational writing
style, coupled with the insightful – and often sinisterly clever – wit of her delivery,
make reading her poetic selections a joy and a pleasure.
For a taste of her unflinching honesty, consider this passage from “Tell me
where it’s gone”:
“Where is the community that stuck together through thick and thin?
Where is the circle of family and friends that we once lived within?
Those days are long gone and in their place is certain destruction,
We have become a manufactured line of unenthusiastic production.”
And, for an example of her straightforward – not to mention acerbic –
insight, check out this passage from “What goes around comes around”,
highlighting the true dangers of drug dealing:
“You don’t care who you sell to, anyone with the ready cash,
No sex or age barrier, one and all can purchase in a flash…
Your life will take a turn; the day is coming when you will cringe,
As you watch the daughter you love paying with a dirty syringe.”
One can hardly imagine a more effective – or sobering – deterrent to
engaging in such risky behavior.
A Different Perspective is best served, though, by the pure wittiness of
many of Parkinson’s pieces, perhaps best personified by this passage in “So how
do you like your eggs?”:
“Scrambled, poached or fried,
Lovely and runny or hard inside,
On toast or with bacon slices for brecky,
Maybe in a sandwich all double decky,
As an omelette floating in a baked bean sea,
And a few fried onions on the side for me,
I can’t stand eggs they’re not something I’ve idolised,
And I certainly don’t want any more of mine fertilised.”
Also included in Perspective are a number of deeply personal pieces
stemming directly from the years of life, love, and experiences from which
Parkinson drew the inspiration to compile her overall collection. Most salient
among these pieces is a stirring poem co-written with her daughter about a neartragic
attack on the youngster that occurred when she was only six years old. The
beauty of this piece lies in its ability to resonate on a visceral level in parents who
are all too familiar with the earth-bending power of a mother’s love.
Poetic collections are typically reserved solely for die-hard poetry
enthusiasts, but A Different Perspective has the unique ability and appeal to
change the mold. Kudos to Parkinson for crafting such an enjoyable literary jewel.
Readers of all ages and backgrounds are sure to enjoy this poetic masterpiece

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