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Don Kingfisher Campbell, listed on Poets and Writers, is the founder of POETRYpeople youth writing workshops, publisher of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, leader of the Emerging Urban Poets writing and Deep Critique workshops and host of the Saturday Afternoon Poetry reading series in Pasadena, California. Mr. Campbell has taught Creative Writing in the Upward Bound program at Occidental College and been a Guest Teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 27 years.  Don is the recipient of First Prize in the 2011 Whittier Poetry Contest, 1st Honorable Mention in the 2008 Grandmother Earth poetry contest, an Honorable Mention in the League Of Laboring Poets March 2007 contest, the National Writers Association's Los Angeles Chapter Author Of The Month Certificate, the Artists For A Better World Spirit Of Youth Award, an Honorable Mention in the 9/11 poetry contest, the Pennsylvania State Poetry Society's Charles Ferguson Prize and an Arroyo Arts Collective's Poetry In The Windows Prize.  Kingfisher's poetry has been recently published in the anthologies By The Overpass, Mentoring Poems 4, Interrobang?!, Sage Trail, Undetectable, Phantom Seed, Poetry And Cookies, and is now viewable on the internet at Epiphany, The Write Room, L.A. Poetry Examiner, Zouch Magazine & Miscellany, The Literary Burlesque, RKYV 36 and Poetry Midwest websites. His first book of poetry Enter, reviewed as "pithy, trenchant, raw with life", published by iUniverse Press, is available on and His second and third books, are Campbell's Classics (1981-2006) and Amongst The Detritus (2007-2010) available at  Campbell has been interviewed on KPFK 90.7 FM radio (Poets Cafe), and KDVS 90.3 FM radio (Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour.) He's featured as well on downloadable audio albums titled Inventions, The Inner Four, Eternal Epitaph, and Poems From Perkins Alley, along with several posted videos on YouTube (one through Poetry.LA).  


Collected ten hydrogens put a butane lighter in my pocket
In my mind I can only imagine spacetime dimensions heft
Connected by superstrings smaller than any thing I might hold
Opposite a New General Catalog object known as spiral galaxy
In the constellation Sculptor seen with aid of Hubble scope
But it's the Saros number that brings me to Earth
Solar and lunar eclipses coinciding with those ten biblical plagues
More immediately I spend dimes on music rich in tenths
Beethoven's violin sonatas and Pearl Jam then I'm up to
The computer to download Capricorn One with 10 for dessert

published on the 10-10-10 Poetry Contest website


eyes open
slide out of bed
shuffle to the bathroom
like The Mummy
can barely see

shower, dress
throw on a jacket
hop in car
like Robert Mitchum
flying to his Angel Face

a woman
Out Of The Past
looking as lovely
as ever as if
Jane Greer still lives

ride together
to the beach, stroll
stop to gaze at littered shore
like Charlton Heston and his mate
on The Planet Of The Apes

published on the Second Sunday Poetry website


so delightful this black oceaned and white continented world
the round black framed white bellied people enjoy eating
black crusted pizza covered with creamy white topping
as they sit at their white tableclothed black tables and
wear black and white dresses and suits and ties simply to
exit their white windowed black houses and walk on
white stone walkways around black bladed grass to go in
to their black cars sporting white rims which roll down
black (white lines through the middle) highway arrive at
circular black concrete plaza and lounge on raised white platform
dark and light mouths open in delight at the joy of living
on a delicious planet with black sky and white clouds except
for the fact their teeth are white with black spots all over
which they try to clean by taking milk river baths while
standing on black stones as the white sun shines in the night
but mostly their poetry is ours...which we can experience by
turning our video screens to the black and white setting

published in Poetry Midwest


Don Kingfisher Campbell

© 2011 Don Kingfisher Campbell  


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