WOMAN WITH CROWS

“Woman With Crows is an antidote to fear.Jendi Reiter

woman with crows coverWoman with Crows is an antidote to fear” is my favorite comment about my book.

It comes from a recent review by poet Jendi Reiter, editor of Winning Writers. She goes on to say:“Fatness recurs as a revolutionary symbol of joy: a woman’s body is not her enemy, and scarcity is not the deepest truth….[Even] the unraveling of memory and the shedding of possessions are not a story of decline but a fairy tale of transformation…. {But] there are fireworks here, and snakes, and ‘ooze shining and blooming and with sex in it.’”

Woman With Crows is my second book of poems. It explores my own past from ”hungry ghosts” to the Fool-Crone, “dancing what she  does not know to dance.” It was a finalist for AROHO’s “To the Lighthouse” Prize and includes poems that won the New Millennium Writings and Harpur Palate awards.

The poem “The White Queen” has led to a whole poetic conversation about dementia and multidimensional expansion, and a new cycle of “demented” and “oracle” poems.

There is an interview and review at The California Journal of Women Writers.

 

The California Journal of Women Writers featured a fantastic interview with me on June 19th. Thank you to Claire Farley for pushing me to talk about the things unsaid.

There’s also a great review of Woman With Crows by Claire Farley in TCJWW on May 29th:

“Dementia” was a finalist for the Tupelo Quarterly 3 poetry prize and appears here: http://www.tupeloquarterly.com/dementia-by-ruth-thompson/

“She is a woman writer for women writers; there is a clear sense of feminine community in her work that is as pragmatic as it is mythic.” Claire Farley

“Thompson’s range of reference – from Buddhist ghosts to Grimm fairy tales to Sumerian and Greek goddesses to personal and ancestral tales and legends – is wide and knowing, yet always transformed by a lived and experienced imagination, in a language that is wistful in its laments, sensual in its celebrations. These courageous poems journey the dark and beautiful mysteries and bravely offer, in a lyric that is fiercely wild and refreshingly independent, deeply earned wisdoms.” Philip Terman

“Among these brave poems, two stand out— for their beautifully placed, speakable cadences, their light touch, their transcendent vision. In ‘Journeying West’ the pioneer women are purged of the appurtenances of the old life until, empty, they come to stand before the new life’s open sea. For ‘The White Queen,’ memory loss circles, meanders, stops, starts, becomes a via negativa leading away from the merely actual of memory and desire to imagination’s new world of the freely possible….” Irving Feldman

This book was originally published by Word Press Books in 2012. A new edition was published by Saddle Road Press in 2013. (Which is another story.)

You can buy Woman With Crows through Powell’s,  IndieBound or your local bookstore, or from Amazon or barnesandnoble.

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