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Pris Campbell & Scott Owens. The Nature of Attraction. Main Street Rag.  ISBN: 978-1-59948-256-9. Cover price: $7. This Limited Edition chapbook is part of Main Street Rag's Author's Choice Chapbook Series.

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Author Biographies

Pris Campbell's poetry has appeared in Chiron Review, The Main Street Rag, Boxcar Poetry Review, Wild Goose Review and The Dead Mule among others. She has two chapbooks and two poetry books to her credit, the most recent being Sea Trails, published by Lummox Press. She has received three Pushcart Prize nominations. After living in places such as St. Louis, Honolulu, Providence, and Boston, she makes her home in the Greater West Palm Beach, FL. Formerly a Clinical Psychologist, she was sidelined by ME/CFS in 1990.


Scott Owens is the author of 5 collections of poetry and has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He is editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review, Vice President of the Poetry Council of North Carolina, and recipient of awards from the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Academy of American Poets, the NC Writers' Network, the NC Poetry Society, and the Poetry Society of SC. He holds an MFA from UNC Greensboro and currently teaches at Catawba Valley Community College.
 

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Commentary

When Scott Owens pitched The Nature of Attraction to me, he presented me with a dilemma. The Author's Select Chapbook Series was designed to have authors for whom Main Street Rag had already published books recommend other authors who would be new to Main Street Rag. The dilemma was that Scott is also a contributor to this collection. On the other hand, there might not be a collection had Pris Campbell not read Scott's poem "Norman's Enormous Thing" and been inspired by it enough that she started her own series "Norman" poems. Thus began a collaborative where Pris and Scott would exchange poems and recommendations for poems and from that process, The Nature of Attraction was born. Since I could not let Scott recommend himself…



You hear multiple voices in The Nature of Attraction, but not by contrast, more by the harmonic way these voices mesh together, the way words and ideas fold together to form an image, a phrase, a meaning that transcends an individual thought and becomes something shared. That's how it is with this collaboration between Pris Campbell and Scott Owens. In these poems, a lifetime passes for Sara and Norman, a lifetime of great joy and great sadness, of longing and resignation that wanting isn't always enough. Throughout this rollercoaster ride, it's hard to tell where Scott ends and Pris begins and vice versa because the narrators' voice remains steady. A challenging feat handled adeptly by two very fine poets; an extremely worthwhile read.


M. Scott Douglass
Publisher/Editor
Main Street Rag

 

 

 


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