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


Saddle Road Press of Hilo, Hawai’i, announces the release of Crazing, the latest work of poet Ruth Thompson, who takes on the themes of dementia, loss (and rediscovery) of self, and environmental collapse in a voice uniquely her own.

“My body and the earth’s body are one,” Thompson says in her video “Ruth Thompson Talks About Her Work.” These two threads – the poet’s “crazing” body and the dessicating body of earth – interweave in Crazing. Here Thompson takes us through grief, elegy, memory, and delight – finding even her own mental cracks and the drought-stricken “delaminating” earth transformed by “laughter’s fire.”

“Who are you and what do you love?” she asks herself, and answers with poem after poem, despite loss of memory and the earth’s “seepage toward empty:” “this, this, this, this ….

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.

Crazing press release long

Crazing press release short

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

ruth on porch 2008

Author photo from book:

Interview with Ruth

Some poems from CRAZING (with audio):

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



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