Dennis N. O’Brien lives in Queensland, Australia.

He has been published in

Australia, the United States and Spain.

He is a contributor to the New York City based poetry journal


He has received two Pushcart Prize nominations.

24 thoughts on “About”

  1. BRAVO your “The Cursed Land.” If you played guitar I bet you could work a melody for it, and it would appeal to the ear as well as to the eye. Greetings from the wild of Springfield, Illinois, USA.

    • Hi Job and greetings from Queensland. Thanks for your comment and actually both my sons and my daughter are musicians and one son is quite an accomplished guitarist, but me? I’m afraid not.

  2. You have been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award. It is always a pleasure reading your posts. Keep up the good work!
    To accept the award, please go here for details http://normamartiri.wordpress.com/awards-publications/1891-2/

  3. Hello Dennis,
    I am nominating you for the “The Versatile Blogger Award”
    Check it out: Written Words Never Die > http://wp.me/1YE83
    Eric Alagan

    • Thanks Eric, although I must say I’m yet to actually collect the award having been nominated 3 times but not having fulfilled the requirements. I don’t know that many bloggers yet so nominating 15 is a bit difficult but I appreciate the nomination.

  4. Hi Dennis. I am writing to tell you that I have nominated you for the “Genuine Blogger” Award. You may have already received it, but I did not see it posted on your site. Assuming I am not mistaken, you will find all the details on my site at this link: http://sandraconner.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/genuine-blogger-award/
    You definitely are one of the most sincere and genuine bloggers I’ve met here on WordPress, and you deserve the honor.
    Blessings. Sandra

  5. Hi Dennis. I am writing to tell you that I have nominated you for the “Genuine Blogger” Award. You may have already received it, but I did not see it posted on your site. Assuming I am not mistaken, you will find all the details on my site at this link: http://sandraconner.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/genuine-blogger-
    You definitely are one of the most sincere and genuine bloggers I’ve met here on WordPress, and you deserve the honor.
    Blessings. Sandra

    • Thanks Sandra I’ve been nominated before for various awards but haven’t actually done the required stuff to collect. While I really appreciate the nomination I’m not really into awards so thanks a lot and also thanks for visiting and commenting – hope you continue to do so.
      Take care

      • No problem, Dennis. I really do understand. One part of me hesitates to pass on awards simply because I don’t want people to feel burdened to obey a lot of “rules.” And as I hope I made clear, I don’t even nominate anyone unless I feel the award truly fits them and their blog. I nominated you and “The Bard” both because I see a real genuineness in what you do and how you present your work. But I am not at all offended if people decide they don’t want to have to follow through with the whole process. I most likely will not follow through on all of them either.

        In fact Dennis Lang and I have been discussing the fact that a lot of the awards need to have some changes in the rules anyway to make them more of a blessing and not a burden. I received one other award that suggests that we pass it on to 15 other bloggers. I don’t know 15 bloggers who fit the description of the award, so I simply posted and said that — and added that I had chosen 5 people that fit the criteria. Then when I notified them, I encouraged them to take their time and pass the award on only as they were comfortable doing so, even if it was to only one other person. The only value of awards is in letting other bloggers know they are appreciated and drawing attention to their sites. But if the rules make them a burden then that superseded the value.

        Don’t worry about this one at all. If, later on, you decide you know someone who should be honored with it, you can always pass it on then. There’s no time limit as far as I know.

  6. Hey, I just want you to know that I appreciate your clicking the “like” button on the “Concealed Carry” article. The last person to read the article got pretty upset about it and had some very negative things to say. I think she actually misunderstood my emphasis on the U. S.’s part in the war. Of course, I was just trying to make the point about how important it is to have that freedom here in our own country. We are in a battle over that subject almost all the time anymore, and my particular state (which is the only state left without a “conceal/carry” law on the books) is being particularly stubborn.

    However, that lady had picked up on this site from another blog where we both posted in response to WordPress’ article about how to best write about controversial subjects. I made it clear in that response to WP that my stuff on Happy Patriot was ultra-conservative. She had responded to that article as well and talked about how ultra-liberal she is. Then she said her curiosity led her to come to read the stuff on my Happy Patriot site. Obviously she knew beforehand that she would not agree with what was there. I finally explained to her that my purpose for the site was not to discuss differeing ideologies, but to promote what I believe personally and hopefully influence others to agree. I posted her comments and responded, but I knew she was being driven by that strong spirit of liberalism, and nothing I said would help her see anything differently.

    The article did not get much other response on here, but when it came up on my Facebook page, it got very good response. It’s nice to have a little affirmation on here as well. So thanks again.

    • Yes, My attitude is basically that of freedom of speech and expression. The problem with Liberals as you call them (here they tend to be called “lefties”) is that they want to stop people who disagree with them from expressing their opinions.

  7. Dennis, I just now noticed the new decor. I’m wondering now how long this theme has been up, and I haven’t paid attention. But I really, really like it! Makes me feel that I’m sailing up to the coast of Australia. Beautiful.

    • I’ve been experimenting with a few different looks and I rather like this one so hopefully it will remain. I like the layout and the black print on the white background is easy to read. Anyway thanks for the positive feedback Sandra and I hope the weather has cooled down a bit for you.

  8. Hey, Dennis. Just checking to see what you’re up to. Miss seeing new poems. Get to work!

  9. Hi Dennis,
    I have nominated you for two awards – The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award and the Blog of the Year 2012 Award! Please check out the link provided for more details http://normamartiri.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/awards/.
    Congratulations and blessings! Norma

  10. Hi,

    I’m Tokoni, A student and poet. Its nice to meet your I’d like to invite you to my blog, http://www.insanitybeautiful.wordpress.com if you’re interested. Thanks!  

  11. Pleasure to meet you, Dennis.

  12. Hi there, used to live in Brisbane, left to pursue an elegant life of Medicine noir in the land of perpetual twilight. Obviously enjoy central heating rather than good eating! However enjoyed your over-servicing page, and will have a look at all your pages sometime when my days become filled rather than full.

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