Terry Whalen, Canadian Literature #103, Winter '84.
"... a woman who has survived, one whose spiritual autobiography contains as many epiphanies of beauty and joy as it
does of regrets and failures. Her poetry is about relatedness, the special connections the truly serious, truly authentic poet
explores between human beings and the natural world in which they live." (No Memory of a Move)
Paul Stuewe, Queen's Quarterly, Vol. 91.4.84.
"... her technical means are definitely unusual as well as unusually effective."
"... entertaining volume that I read with great pleasure."(No Memory of a Move)
Nancy Toth, CVII, 7:3, September 1983.
"... remarkable for its presentation of an aural and visual form which is so very suited to the content:..."
"Campbell achieves it with a skill noteworthy for its ease."(No Memory of Move)
Heather Cam, The CRNLE Reviews Journal, No. 2, Australia, December 1984.
"The heart revealed in Anne Campbell's poetry is mature, buffeted by winds, but robust."(No Memory of a Move)
Stephen Morrissey, Poetry Canada Review, Vol. 8 #1, Autumn, 1986.
"The simplicity of Campbell's poetry is a virtue that is absent in the more complicated work of other poets."
Barbara J. Graham, Board of Education, London, Ontario, Canadian Materials, March 1987.
"In "April" Anne Campbell poignantly describes a young girl on the brink of adolescence ..."
Michael O. Nowlan, Canadian Book Review Annual, November 16, 1987.
"DEATH IS AN ANXIOUS MOTHER is Anne Campbell's second book of poetry and it more than lives up to the
prediction of NO MEMORY OF A MOVE, 1983."
"... economy of language and clever use of metaphor, coupled with an unusual line formation, makes ... a winner".
Thomas Gerry, NeWest ReView, February/March, 1989.
"Adeptly chosen metaphors and delicately poised syntax sound a reverberating gamut ..."
"A very powerful psychic tension pervades Campbell's book."(Death is an Anxious Mather)
Kristjana Gunnars, Canadian Literature, #28, Spring, 1991.
"... time appears to be so still that an eternity might be encased between words dropped onto the page as if they
landed there accidentally." ".. there is a woman talking, yet also a refined lyric."
"It is a spiritual search for transcendence of a sort, peace of mind, a cessation of metaphysical storm. RED EARTH,
YELLOW STONE is not a book to be read quickly ..."
Laura Ponti-Sgargi, Literature & Language, 1995.
"Campbell's poetry is both subtle and poignant as it captures essences of life and surprisingly erotic when it explores
the nature of love. Her latest collection (ANGEL WINGS ALL OVER) is both refreshing and rewarding."
Anne Burke, League of Canadian Poets Book store, 2003, NO MEMORY OF A MOVE
" ... The poet is observant about such ironies as "fitting," "crowded", and the "evening" is "tight", all of them images of confinement." "Some of Campbell's poems sound like
musical compositions and she has, at times, worked with a composer. This collection represents Campbell's early
achievement and apprenticeship. In these briefest of poems, she uses an economy of language; with evocative images,
and a spareness like the prairie itself, in which nature is a dominant force."
John Oughton, League of Canadian Poets Bookstore, 2003, ANGEL WINGS ALL OVER
" These poems are gentle, thoughtful, musically spaced, yet often passionate. She muses in "Day In, Day Out" about
the possibility of achieving a kind of "Buddhist" non-attachment to desire, yet concludes :"But your flesh and energy attract
me/ and I admit I want you, all day and night." Although most of the poems deal with her personal world, she also attends
to nature and the occasional News event, making these news again with her response to them."