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Wild River Books Publishes Still Travels: Three Long Poems
by William Irwin Thompson

November 2009

 

Still Travels by William Irwin Thompson

Still Travels: Three Long Poems by William Irwin Thompson

 

Wild River Review announces the launch of its imprint Wild River Books with the publication of cultural philosopher and poet, William Irwin Thompson’s Still Travels: Three Long Poems, a masterwork interweaving his role as social philosopher and cultural critic with his lifelong devotion to poetry.

Thompson is the 1986 winner of the Oslo International Poetry Festival Award. His acclaimed nonfiction books include At the Edge of HIstory and Passages about Earth and The Time Falling Bodies take to Light. He has made major contributions to cultural history, social criticism, the philospophy of science and the study of myth, and has described his writing and speaking style as “mind jazz on ancient texts.”

In 1972, Thompson founded the Lindisfarne Association, whose members include scientists, intellectuals, artists, mathematicians, spiritual leaders, and philosophers.

As the poet JC Todd so eloquently says about Still TravelsThe trio of poem cycles re-mine and re-mind the ancient wisdom encoded in icon folktale and myth, leading the reader to a consciousness of life beyond material life, like walking meditations and pilgrimages, Thompson’s poems are song lines–timeless luminous texts that perform the lost memory of the soul.”

From Still Travels: Three Long poems

A petite brunette with dark sephardic eyes,

A demiurge might try to plagarize,

For neither light nor dark could simply lock

Her spirit in matter when she sang Bach.

Her mystic beauty was all her own;

In her Leftist home God was left alone.

As a child she noted the added breath

When she asked about God or what is death

She could tell they thought they were not yet safe.

which made her feel a war-adopted waif.

She sensed it was dangerous to be smart.

And kept her cutting mind sheathed in her heart.

If I disarmed her it was because I

had Irish answers for her every why.

In place of post-holocaust theologies,

appeared my weird occult cosmologies.

Still Travels: $22.95, plus $3.00 postage and handling. Credit cards accepted.

To order, click here: Still Travels: Three Long Poems.

 

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