About Jay Thompson

Jay Thompson lives in Seattle. His poems and essays have been published in Cranky, Poetry International, La Fovea, Pleiades, Mare Nostrum, The Laurel Review, and in a chapbook called Marry Me. His Dungeons & Dragons fiction has appeared in Pathfinder. He co-edits the journal Thermos; heĆ¢??s a cofounder of Princess Seismograph, an arts collective; and he keeps a personal blog at the101dmnations.livejournal.com.

Breathless

All my life I’ve loved anticipation. Kafka, writing as a rodent in his last story, “The Burrow”: ““All my surroundings seem filled with agitation, seem to be looking at me, and then look away again so as not to disturb…

Absolutes

At the edge of the caldera, a pack animal stumbles: The following evening as they rode up onto the western rim they lost one of the mules. It went skittering off down the canyon wall with the contents of the…

The Trouble With a Secret Life

James Baldwin died when I was four and has spent this month as a saintly, intimidating presence on my shoulder, while I’ve worked on a manuscript and read his 1961 novel Another Country. Saintly: For the explosive, shimmery depth of…

Horsepower, Apple Flower

When I tell you I believe, what am I telling you? When we understand (as I wrote about two weeks ago), our understanding seems to occur in a perpetual, thick-present instant. When I think of something, I’m thinking of it…

The Consolations of Philosophy

After a few beers, I thought I’d comported myself fine in my college French with the Ni??oise beachbums on my summer trip. I grasped a few things the one time I read Hegel. I can tell gas from brake and…

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