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Published Works:
the nights, the days
The Nights, The Days
poems by Kathleen Thompson
Negative Capability Press is pleased to announce that the winner of their 2008 Poet Laureate Chapbook Competition is Kathleen Thompson of Birmingham, Alabama, for “The Nights, The Days.” The book delves into the mystery of dreams and intertwines the activities of sleep and waking. The intrigue of journals provides the impetus for poems that encompass the wonderful particularities of life: butter nut squash and Christmas cheese cake, intersections of race and class and baptism, politics and people, and even notes on reading such authors as John Irving. Thompson says that “it is only the edge of dreams that I remember,” but she masterfully interrogates the dream and follows in the footsteps of Richard Hugo and W.S. Merwin. This ambitious and unified project on incorporating poetry and journal writing is masterful in its reach and scope, and Negative Capability Press is honored to launch a series of chapbooks with this book.

The Nights, The Days
From Negative Capability Press
$12.00 (plus $2.00 Shipping and Handling)
the shortest distance
The Shortest Distance,
poems by Kathleen Thompson

“…[her] poems are quietly earth-shakingóan oxymoron written like the moron I become when having read something that moves me, and Kathleen Thompsonís have reduced me to a quivering mass of admiration & greed for more.”
—Nelle Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird.

“Kathleen Thompson writes about the joys and sorrows, as well as the ordinary daily experiences in between, that make up our lives. She explores the wild in the domestic and the domestic in the wild. Like conch shells held to the ear, these poems let us hear the oceans they contain. The Shortest Distance is a true and moving book of poems made to last a long time.”
—Greg Pape, author of American Flamingo, Montana Poet Laureate

“Kathleen Thompson's The Shortest Distance presents a compelling, reflective, and compassionately crafted world-welding that brings near the ways in which the human heart is shaped by relationships and by the particularities of place.”
—Sue Walker, Alabama Poet Laureate, Stokes Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing, University of South Alabama

The Shortest Distance
From Coosa River Book
$15.00 (plus $2.00 Shipping and Handling)

Published Works:
A Gift Before Dying by Stephen Thompson

“This book…is heartbreaking yet heartwarming reading about the love between Robert Scott and the Crimson Tide players and coaches . . . hits all of your emotional buttons.” — Dick Vitale

“…an incredibly insightful look inside the world of intercollegiate athletics. Stephen Thompson conveys the intensity of preparation, the joy and disappointment of the sport, and most importantly, the relationships and inter-personal dynamics involved. Itís more than a book about: you canít help but learn from it and enjoy it.” — Barry Booker

A Gift Before Dying
$20.00 (plus $2.00 Shipping and Handling)

Searching for Ambergris,
poems by Kathleen Thompson
Fred Bassett, Biblical scholar, professor, poet, and author of Awake My Soul: Psalms for Life says, “From the family farm in Alabama to the saltwater marshes and beaches around Savannah, Georgia, Kathleen Thompson takes us, poem by poem, to the tender spots of her life…Along the way, we wait and pretend the absent one is simply searching for ambergris, we play with a grandchild on the beach, we peel, slice and preserve pears with sisters and alone, we honor parents and older siblings, and we grieve at the graves of four she never knew. This is a special collection of poems, artfully crafted by a special woman.”

Susan Luther, Ph. D., Huntsville poet and scholar, author of Breathing in the Dark, says, “Such perfume and spices of images—wonderful endings—and throughout, the cadences of the sea and the rivers that wind to it …the perfect companion for a rainy Sunday afternoon…”

Searching for Ambergris
$8.95 (plus $2.00 Shipping and Handling)