Rich in image, sonority and wit, Ralph Thompson's poems are the fruits of a maturity which has learned to confront the facts of life and death with both exuberance and dread. Humane and finely crafted, his poems are firmly rooted in Caribbean particularity, but are universal in their concerns. He has the story-teller's gift which grips, then leaves the reader pondering on the subtleties beneath the surface. This collection will establish him as a serious voice in West Indian poetry.
"First rate poetry... intelligent and gifted with a sense of humour."
Louis Simpson, The Caribbean Review of BooksRalph Thompson
is a Jamaican poet. He paints as seriously as he writes poetry. His work has been published in a number of journals, including The London Magazine
. He was the Senior Executive of one of his country's biggest companies.