Words

SPEAK TRUTH

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic…”

These are the very wise words of the late, great Albus Dumbledore. The fact that they’re uttered by a fictional character doesn’t diminish the truth of them, not a bit. After all, there’s nothing more beautiful, powerful, extraordinary, haunting, shattering, hateful, loving, or illuminating than words joined together in a magical sequence. Think of a book or poem, or even a song that has remained in your heart since you first read or heard the words contained within them. The story they created resonated with you because, well, maybe you recognized yourself within them … or perhaps you were inspired by them. Sometimes, the power of words to transport you outside of yourself and your everyday life is enough, letting you fight dragons in another world or uncover a mystery on the Nile or find love by the seaside.

That’s what I do. I tell stories. I do it to make you think, or to make you feel. That’s my magical power … and the magic of words.

Poetry

IN ACTION

Paint word pictures, a writer once told me. That’s what poetry is, at least to me. It’s the purest expression of self, of mood, of observation.  It’s a story that freezes a moment in time … an  emotion captured and placed beneath a microscope for further examination.

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Books

IN PRINT

illusions & misdemeanors

illusions and misdemeanors provides an intimate glimpse into life and death, love and loss, pain and healing. Each poetic vignette takes you along on an emotional journey across the decades.

Broken

How many losses does it take to break a person? How many betrayals does it take to break a marriage? Can what is broken be salvaged, and what will it take to make that happen?

Pictures

TELL A STORY

I suppose I was born a wanderer. I can’t claim to have any gypsy blood flowing through my veins, but maybe I was a member of that particular tribe in a previous life. Because, for me, travel is all about collecting stories, be it on film or on paper. Okay, I used to use film and paper … but the digital world came calling. The point is: there is no better souvenir than a good story and the photograph to go with it.

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Linda Donahue

AUTHOR | POET | PHOTOGRAPHER