The Seasons Bear Us

Award Winning Poet The Seasons Bear Us

"Turning to this book in the middle of the night will give you a vulnerable, thoughtful, whimsical, sexy poetry companion, a 21st century female Virgil who has been to the dark wood and, more importantly, knows the path out."

—Molly Peacock, author of The Second Blush

From wandering the rivers and valleys of her upbringing to veering off the beaten paths in Italy, for her fourth collection of poems, award-winning poet Jeanie Thompson carries the meditations of her heart across the span of a year.

Returning to familiar subjects—love, motherhood, her elegiac Southern landscape, and the continuing search for a deeper connection “running with” her blood— Thompson’s poems bear lessons grounded in her favorite earth, rich with her most important people, and full of grace.

Following the late James Wright’s counsel that writing is like the seasons, and “the seasons bear us,” Thompson refocuses her lens on the longings of the human heart. Masterfully crafted, poem after poem searches out the reader, each moment rich in its own season, bearing the good fruits of honesty and grace from a brilliant poet and a life well lived.

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"The Seasons Bear Us contains a vivid evocation of what, in our daily lives, is "underneath and woven through." These poems are woven through by songs made of desire, ecstatic awareness, and delight in earthly pleasures: the landscape in its beauty and bounty, the body in its blooming."

—Natasha Trethewey, author of Native Guard

Trade Paper/French Flaps
ISBN 13: 978-1-57966-086-4


About Jeanie Thompson

Jeannie ThompsonJEANIE THOMPSON has published three collections of poetry and three chapbooks, and co-edited a collection of essays by Alabama authors, with Jay Lamar.

She is founding director of The Alabama Writers’ Forum, a statewide literary arts service organization. Thompson also teaches with the graduate poetry faculty in the Spalding University Brief Residency MFA Writing Program.

Her awards include state arts council literature fellowships in Louisiana and Alabama, and the University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Artist award for her work as a poet and arts educator.

Thompson’s poems, interviews with writers, and essays about art and writing have been published in literary journals and newspapers for more than thirty years.