Synopses & Reviews
"Reading Michael Thompson is a slow slide across very fine pavement, or an emery board made from gravel. The better part of the reader is left invigorated and brand new. Other parts, though, are rubbed damn near bloody. Thompson reigns over his words as if he invented the language, and we're all better for it." -Tommy Gaffney (author of Whiskey Days)
"Michael has a unique voice and razor sharp wit that transcends poetry conventions and lobotomizes philistines. This book is a testament to his brand of verse and then some." -Brian Fugett (editor, Zygote in my Coffee)
"In A Murder of Crows, Michael N. Thompson's poetry takes an insidious turn. Once known to me as the 'Bard of the Disaffected,' Thompson has honed his poetic powers to enchant me into wanting to become one of the 'beautiful losers' that propagate his work. From my safe house in the middle of my safe state I want to hitchhike to the nearest train station and ride the rails with Thompson while he catalogs America's misfits with an equal balance of scandal and grace. Hell, I'll even buy the tickets." -Suzanne Burns (author of The Paris Poems and Misfits and Other Heroes)
I etch my words / Onto the fabric / Of an ill-equipped society /
The way a tattoo artist / Uses his needle / To mark skin and bones
Michael N. Thompson’s A Murder of Crows synthesizes urban pastorals with caustic commentary in a poetic pilgrimage down the road of redemption. Thompson makes frequent pit stops for mockery and scorn, and the journey is punctuated by odes to serial killers and elegies for fallen heroes. His circuitous route will leave you dizzy and dark with the knowledge that not everyone is meant to be redeemed.