Books

You can purchase my second collection Nothing serious, nothing dangerous from Indigo Dreams Publishing. Below is the testimonial by the poet Lawrence Sail.  He has several collections with Bloodaxe.  Impress Books published Sift, memories of childhood.cover

“The strength of Fokkina McDonnell’s airy and enjoyable second collection lies in her command of an idiom sufficiently fluid and flexible for her to explore widely without any sense of strain: and her awareness of the ambiguities of language can accommodate the mildly surreal as easily as the acutely observed and felt. She weaves a pattern of recurring threads – family and other relationships, a feeling for the natural world (a whole aviary, the sea, land creatures, a cornucopia of fruit) and locations from East Anglia and Manchester to Holland and China go alongside a keen appreciation of artists, with paintings triggering a number of the poems. Hers is a voice of light tones, but also measured utterance: gratifyingly, the result is greater than the sum of its parts.”

My debut collection Another Life was published in 2016. Purchase it  at Oversteps Books.

Noel Williams, the Review Editor of Orbis published a positive review in # 178, Winter 2016 under the heading A deep cupboard in a dark roomSome quotes: “Wit and sideways glances work well with quirky subjects or unusual prompts. The poet can be happily surreal.” … “In other examples there’s a dislocation of viewpoint which leads to unexpected insight or imagery..” … “Many of the pieces do not explain themselves.  Their surface pleasures seem to suggest a further significance which can only be guessed at; a meaning hidden in a secret chamber which may turn out to be a different revelation for different readers.”

The Journal #51 includes a short, positive review by Andy Hickmott: “On the whole this is a very fine collection of thoughtful poems.”

I also have poems in several anthologies that appeared in 2017 and 2018.  These were published by Paper Swans Press, Valley Press, Grey Hen Press, Ek Zuban and erbacce press.  The anthology Gazing at Gaia was produced by the Manchester Buddhist Centre.  In 2019 Indigo Dreams published For The Silent, an anthology to aid the work of the League Against Cruel Sports.  It includes my poem Tanzanite. In late 2019 Grey Hen Press will publish an anthology of found poems which includes one of my poems.

Yorkshire Anthology

Anthology of Yorkshire poetry

Building Bridges cover

Building Bridges

Songs for the Unsung

Songs for the Unsung

Best of Britain

Best of Britain

Love Anthology of Love poemsmedit

Pocket Poetry Book of Love

Gazing at Gaia

Gazing at Gaia

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Our Beating Heart

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For The Silent

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