Story Circle Review and Poem For Pele

The lovely review of Crazing just published in Story Circle Book Reviews begins: “Ruth Thompson’s third volume of poetry looks at aging through lenses of nature—drought ravages, fragments of a decayed fish—gently showing the human mind dropping pieces, the human body changing shape. Taking shape often looks like losing shape; we are called here to trust the process of continual renewal, not knowing in the moment what shape is forming.

None of us comes
to destroy.
We come
to take shape.

The quote is from “Poem for Pele.” Here is the poem in full.

Poem For Pele

Rivers of rain
rivers of fire
rivers of salt
are one river.

Red words pour
from gapethroat
fly like black crows
from the crown.

Hard black
spitting up
made the chinker field
of self.

From beneath miles
of ocean
the mountain
of this moment.

None of us comes
to destroy.
We come
to take shape.


Revising Your Writing Workshop

Revising Your Writing with Ruth Thompson

Saturday July 11th 9:30 a.m. – noon

Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo HI

This workshop will focus on revising your writing – discovering concrete, fresh ways to communicate more powerfully.

Ruth will focus on how to use image and sound, how to give your readers the experience rather than tell them about it, how to avoid cliches, and will work with students on specific pieces.

Students should bring an unfinished poem, or short fiction or nonfiction piece, to work on during class.

The 1.5 hour workshop will be followed by a reading. Students in the class may read their pieces as part of the poetry reading that follows.

The public is invited to the reading.


Re: CRAZING (Information for Press)

Here’s everything to do with Crazing in one place. Thanks to SRP for the digital images of the cover and author photo and the press releases (including a one-page version). Please let me know if anything is missing.

CRAZING by Ruth Thompson, Publication Date: August 1st, 2015
$13.00 ($15.50 Canada) Paperback • 5.5” x 8.5” 52 pages, Poetry
ISBN 978-0-991395262

Digital image of the front cover:
crazing rc 01


PDF of press release:

Crazing press release long

Crazing press release short


Video of “Ruth Thompson Talks About Her Work.” (2.5 minutes)


Author photo from book:ruth on porch 2008

Interview with Ruth

Some poems from CRAZING (with audio):

The White Queen:
Sudden Oak Death Syndrome:
Home Ground:
Goat Song:



Crazing, 2015: ISBN 978-0-991395262 ($13.00; Kindle $7.95)


Woman With Crows, 2013: ISBN 978-0983307280) ($15; Kindle $4.99) Amazon  b&n

Here Along Cazenovia Creek, 2011: ISBN 978-0983307204 ($10; Kindle $2.99) Amazon        b&n


Story Circle Book Reviews

Reiter’s Block

Mother Writer Mentor


BROOKLYN READING @ 301 Sterling Place, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York Tuesday, August 4th 7:00 pm – Ruth will be reading with friends Elana Bell, Breena Clarke, Esther Cohen, Jenny Douglas, Don Mitchell, and Lisa Rizzo.

AROHO WOMEN WRITERS’ RETREAT @ Ghost Ranch, NM August 10-16, 2015 – Ruth will be attending the retreat again and offering consultations. She will be part of the evening readings.

HILO launch party at the Surf Break Cafe, late August 2015 – date TBA

California readings TBA October & November 2015.

Contact Ruth at to arrange for readings, book talks, classroom or book group visits.