A Poet Reflects On The Strangeness of America

May 24, 2017

Jon Thompson's new book of poetry focuses on the strangeness of America.
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When poet Jon Thompson considers the American landscape and culture, he often finds himself scratching his head, thinking, “This is a strange place we live in.” Thompson has been reflecting on America’s unique scenery, people and passions, and this inspired him to write a collection of poems called “Strange Country” (Shearsman Books/2016).

Thompson is an English professor at North Carolina State University. He is also the founding editor of “Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics,” and the editor of “Free Verse Editions.” Host Frank Stasio talks with Thompson about his career as a poet and writer.