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by Pris Campbell

Pris returns with another portfolio of her ever thought-provoking work. A clinical psychologist, Pris was an avid sailor/traveler and self-described "health nut" until 1990 when myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome) forced her into a much restrictive lifestyle. "When this illness first hit, I felt as if I had been transported to a place I no longer recognized," she recounts on her website, Poetic Inspirations. "ME/CFS affects concentration, short-term memory, the ability to learn new things, causes dizziness, balance problems, visual problems (try looking at a display of canned goods and keep your balance--or flashing lights or piles of 'stuff'). It can cause tinnitus, muscular 'roaming' pain, noise sensitivity, sore throats and voice loss, killer headaches, TMJ, difficulty following conversations and that dreaded 'brain fog'. . ."

Around 1999, having recovered enough to be able to use a computer, she began to write poetry. Her haiga have appeared in Haijinx, Moonset, Notes from the Gean, Simply Haiku and Sketchbook as well as here at Haigaonline.

Pris is an active participant in several groups in the online haiku community on Facebook. Three of these works, in whole or part, have appeared there. "All but one have a 'dark' theme", she explained when sending them to me in early July. I'm still not quite sure which in particular she meant though I think it's the one I've set in the middle. To me, they work build like a renga, each in the series taking on layers from those that precede and follow.

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