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.

Level Up

Since the book’s overdue, I figured I’d better push through its peculiar dream before returning to The Brothers Karamazov (did you know someone gets murdered in that book? I had no idea, I’m two-thirds done and I thought it was…

My Name Didn’t Touch Me

I normally don’t first ask a book of poems “what’s the best thing you got?,” but I was hungover and feeling pushy when I picked up Rosmarie Waldrop’s Reproduction of Profiles. So: what she got was: I thought I would…

The Next-to-Last Act

I took off sick an hour early from work to sit on the sofa in my underwear, reading John Ashbery’s poem-essay “The System” and trying, unsuccessfully at first, to brew iced tea. It was hot; starlings were my stereo. I…

A Little Bell

I feel bad for any chimpanzee who hasn’t read The Sheltering Sky, or any dolphin who doesn’t desire this dolphin’s art, that one’s scope, the friends possessed of another. The research into the symbolic capacity of animals is tantalizing but…

The Burning of the Brain

On my way to Cordwainer Smith, I want to talk about my friend as he was then (around Bush v. Gore): a twelve-year-old hysteric who imagines the universe is broken. Did this, too, ever frighten you? Especially if you were…

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