By turns poignant, wryly humorous and nostalgic, Threading the Light, Ross Thompson’s debut collection of poems charts a chronological journey through the pre-adventure world of childhood, the wounds of awkward adolescence and the future promise of adult life.
These threads are woven together and illuminated, as if “held inside the hand / of a skilled jeweller”, resonating as they reach towards the sequence ‘Grief is Great’, a hesitant lament in the aftershock of loss.
Honest and emotive, Threading The Light is a book about hope, about moving forward without letting go of the past.
A stunning debut. Here are poems rich in the language of intimacy, of light and shade. Thompson is delicate, adept and courageous; he is unflinching and honest. We need such poetry. — Maria McManus
Here is a voice that can deliver a poem with authority and mischief, an engaging wink and a nudge. Thompson’s frames of reference are startling but never obfuscate the poet’s quest to find the bullion phrase. Experience and imagination are buckled tightly into well-wrought rhythms. The grave and the humorous are shaped with ease on the lathe of Thompson’s pen. — Mel McMahon
LINK: Ross Thompson interviewed about Threading the Light at The Honest Ulsterman.