The Denting of a Wave
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.
Ralph Thompson
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Publication date
07 Jan 1993

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 Books.

Ralph Thompson is a Jamaican. He paints as seriously as he writes poetry, and has four collections to his name, including the award-winning View From Mount Diablo. His work has been published in a number of journals, including the London Magazine.


Ralph Thompson

Ralph Thompson was born in America in 1928. His family on his mother’s side goes back three generations in Jamaica, a mixture of crypto Jewish (Isaacs) and Irish stock (Fielding). It was staunchly Catholic and claimed to be white. His mother’s marriage lasted only three years and she returned to Jamaica and brought up her two children aided and abetted by a household of intellectually brilliant but poor and highly eccentric aunts and uncles.
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