The Big Book of Daniel: Collected Poems of Daniel Thompson

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Poetry. Here at last is the collected works of Daniel Thompson, poet laureate of Cuyahoga County, a poet of great heart who served the people of his community. "Daniel Thompson was a man who, as Whitman said of himself, was 'not contained between his hat and his boots.' Daniel's last gift to us, his life's work, what he gathered in his sixty-nine years, over three hundred pages of poems, is this book, this big jug of honey, which you have in your hands. Taste and see"?Maj ...
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Poetry. Here at last is the collected works of Daniel Thompson, poet laureate of Cuyahoga County, a poet of great heart who served the people of his community. "Daniel Thompson was a man who, as Whitman said of himself, was 'not contained between his hat and his boots.' Daniel's last gift to us, his life's work, what he gathered in his sixty-nine years, over three hundred pages of poems, is this book, this big jug of honey, which you have in your hands. Taste and see"—Maj Ragain, from her Foreword.
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300 pages from Cleveland poet Daniel Thompson, poet laureate of Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Daniel had what Robert Frost called a lover's quarrel with the world, as well as with his country and his Comeback City, Cleveland. . . .We hear the snap, crackle and pop of his wit playing against the weight of the world. . . .Some of his most memorable poems come out of the quarrel with himself, that dark honey, tinged with the metallic taste of loss, the old wars of the heart. . . .Daniel Thompson was a man who, as Whitman said of himself, was 'not contained between his hat and his boots'…. Daniel's last gift to us, his life's work, what he gathered in his sixty-nine years, over three hundred pages of poems, is this book, this big jug of honey, which you have in your hands. Taste and see. From the "Foreword" by Maj Ragain

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933964416
  • Publisher: Bottom Dog Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/2011
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Daniel Thompson (1935-2005) was a fine craftsman and poet laureate of Cuyahoga County in Ohio and was a poet/social activist all his life. He ranged far and near. He stood up for the homeless, the dispossessed. He gave them their daily bread, donated by local bakeries. He sought out the hungry on the streets and stocked the pantry at Saint Herman'S Church. He founded shelters for battered women, along with many other desperate characters who had his number. Daniel also protested nuclear armament in the 1950s; in 1961 he was a freedom rider, jailed in Jackson, Mississippi, then sent to Parchman Farm, a state prison; he was jailed nineteen times, mostly in the South. He marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King.
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