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Writing of Importance – Christy Birmingham (@christybis)


Wow. Thank you to author Matthew Simon Alexander for this amazing review of my poetry collection Pathways to Illumination. Being able to bring awareness to issues such as depression and domestic violence, in this case through poetry, is so important to me. My next book Versions of the Self will publish next month. Again, I am grateful, Matthew, for your reflections on the book.



  1. bercianlangran April 22, 2015

    Congratulations, Christy!! You deserve it!!

    1. Christy Birmingham April 23, 2015

      Thank you so much!!

  2. The Coastal Crone April 22, 2015

    Well done! Congratulations!

    1. Christy Birmingham April 23, 2015

      Thank you, it was a wonderful part of my day!!

  3. teagan geneviene April 22, 2015

    Congratulations on a great review, Christy. Well deserved. Woot! :D

    1. Christy Birmingham April 23, 2015

      Thank you ‘s’ word Teagan!! :)

  4. Lydia April 22, 2015

    Christy, you are very inspirational. As a survivor of domestic violence as well, I think it is important for us to speak out. I admire how you do just that in an artistic way!!! Keep up the great work!!!

    1. Christy Birmingham April 23, 2015

      Lydia, thank you and I appreciate all you do as well. I look forward to when you contribute that guest post too, if that still interests you. Hugs!!

    2. Lydia April 23, 2015

      Christy, It is a pleasure, I truly love your blogs. I will have the post to you by tomorrow. Hugs back to you dear friend!!!

  5. Pete Day April 22, 2015

    Read it..has helped me since reading ‘Pathways to
    Illumination’…a very inspirational read to who have suffered what Christy went through..🌹

    1. Christy Birmingham April 23, 2015

      Thanks for the wonderful feedback, truly, Pete!

  6. JunkChuck April 22, 2015

    Nice. I should be so lucky to get reviews like that.

    1. Christy Birmingham April 23, 2015

      I offer you a review now: You leave me wonderful comments and I thank you :)

  7. Aquileana April 22, 2015

    Congrats on the beautiful review for Pathways to Illumination…
    I love it!… I am happy for you!!! :star:
    All my best wishes. Aquileana :D

    1. Christy Birmingham April 23, 2015

      Thank you, Aquileana! I was humbled by the words, for sure. It is so nice to have your support!! xx

  8. markbialczak April 22, 2015

    Matthew shined a powerful light on you and your debut collection Christy. Wow. Very powerful review. Congratulations.

    1. Christy Birmingham April 23, 2015

      Yes, I’m so honored by his review. Thank you, Mark. It has a deep subject matter so knowing it has impacted readers means a lot to me!

    2. markbialczak April 23, 2015

      I can see that, Christy. It makes the you of now even more wonderful to me. <3

  9. Mabel Kwong April 23, 2015

    I read the review. It was brilliant and I think Matthew did a great job of bringing out the essence and main message of your book. Congratulations. I hope to get your book at some point. It sounds like something I can relate to :)

    1. Christy Birmingham April 23, 2015

      That’s sweet of you to stop by and appreciate Matthew’s review as well as offering the feedback. Thank you, Mabel!

  10. macjam47 April 23, 2015

    Congratulations on this fabulous review. You are absolutely deserving of all accolades. Hugs.

    1. Christy Birmingham April 23, 2015

      Many hugs, thank you!!

  11. Fiestaestrella April 23, 2015

    This is so wonderful! I am so excited for you! I feel this inner flip of joy reading this review and considering your success and accomplishment. It is as though you are an old friend, and I’ve known you all along. I’m going to have to get your book ASAP. You really leave an impression on us.
    Thank you Matthew, too!
    Aloha, Ka

  12. Sherri April 24, 2015

    Dear Christy, you are truly inspirational and I am so happy that you have received this truly deserved and excellent review for your poetry collection, many, many congratulations lovely lady :-) <3

    1. Christy Birmingham April 28, 2015

      Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Sherri! :) <3

    2. Sherri April 29, 2015

      <3 :-) <3

    3. Christy Birmingham April 29, 2015

      Hugs! :)

  13. Carol Balawyder April 24, 2015

    I loved what the reviewer (Matthew Simon Alexander) said: “Pathways to Illumination is an important contemporary work in terms of situating a discussion of domestic violence, and should not be limited to those women who are struggling with circumstances similar to that of the subject of the poems, but should be widely read by those men and women who have a predisposition to exert both mental and physical torture on ‘loved’ ones.”

    So often these serious subjects are being preached to the converted. Hopefully, your words will reach those who most need to hear them.

    I am happy to know that you are using your painful past experience in a positive and creative way. I admire you, Christy, for speaking on behalf of so many women caught in abusive relationships. Yours is an important and necessary voice.

    I’ve tried many times to download your book and the problem always arises with PayPal. I have called PayPal and there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with my account. I really don’t know what the problem is.

    Anyway, I think that this review is really awesome. Enjoy it! :)

    1. Christy Birmingham April 28, 2015

      Carol, thank you for the kind words about the review and for taking time here. It means a lot too what you said about my voice being a necessary one as it has been tempting to be quiet and go an easier route… Your words help give me strength and so I am grateful to you for that. I am very thankful to Matthew for the review! I will send you an email regarding the book, as well. I have a solution! :)

  14. D.G.Kaye April 25, 2015

    Dear Christy, it’s lovely to see you getting the recognition you so deserve!!! <3

    1. Christy Birmingham April 28, 2015

      Ohhh I appreciate it!! xx

  15. Tricia Drammeh, Author April 25, 2015

    Congratulations, Christy!

    1. Christy Birmingham April 28, 2015

      Thank you! I am blessed, for sure.

  16. Resa April 26, 2015

    Matthew wrote a beautiful & articulate review of your book!
    I left him a comment:
    “I think “Pathways” is a fabulous collection that truly moves in a positive direction. I enjoyed your review a lot!”

    1. Christy Birmingham April 28, 2015

      Oh sweetie thank you! I am honored by your comment here and by Matthew’s review of the book xx

  17. BroadBlogs April 26, 2015

    Wonderful review! Looks like a wonderful collection.

    1. Christy Birmingham April 28, 2015

      I am very proud of it and thankful for the review!

  18. Sue Dreamwalker April 26, 2015

    Christy your poetry is so so worthy of this excellent review.. No one more deserving of Praise.. :-) Big BIG hugs my friend.. <3 xxx

    1. Christy Birmingham April 28, 2015

      Thank you, Sue, truly! xx

  19. Raymond Alexander Kukkee April 26, 2015

    Congratulations and smiles to you, Christyb….well deserved and excellent review. Again, well done, smiling here. “:) ~R

    1. Christy Birmingham April 28, 2015

      Oh Ray, that is so nice of you to stop by and smile with me! Matthew was so kind in his review and I am so grateful :)

  20. Aisha Abdelhamid April 27, 2015

    What a great review, Christy! And congratulations on your upcoming new book! ❤❤❤;^)

    1. Christy Birmingham April 28, 2015

      Thank you, Aisha!! <3 How nice to see you too!

  21. Ashish kumar April 27, 2015

    Many many congratulations. Many more to come. And all the best wishes for your upcoming book. :-)

    1. Christy Birmingham April 28, 2015

      I kindly thank you, Ashish :)

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    1. Christy Birmingham April 28, 2015

      Awww, thanks! :)

  23. Andrea Stephenson April 29, 2015

    What a great review Christy, you must be very pleased :-)


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