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Ralph Thompson was born in America in 1928. His poetry has appeared in such journals as The Gleaner, Jamaica Journal, Kyk-over-Al, Carib, The Caribbean Writer and The London Magazine, before his first collection, The Denting of a Wave, was published by Peepal Tree in 1993. His second collection, Moving On (Peepal Tree, 1998) includes a witty eighteen-part autobiographical poem, ‘Goodbye Aristotle, So Long America’, that deals with the experiences of a white West Indian abroad. View from Mount Diablo, Thompson's book-length narrative poem, won the 2001 Jamaican National Literary Award and was published by Peepal Tree in 2003.
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