QUICKWATER ORACLES: CONVERSATIONS & MEDITATIONS
by RUTH THOMPSON
Two Fine Crows Books / Distribution Ingram
Publication date: December 4, 2021
176 pages / Price: $20
ISBN: 9781736525814 / ebook ISBN 9781736525821
PRESS KIT / MEDIA KIT here
When poet Ruth Thompson decided to learn to channel in 2018, she wanted to deepen the intuitive connections with nature that inspired her poetry. The skeptical product of a scientific family, she did not expect to encounter such a multitude of voices, from trees and animals to faeries, dragons, and a host of other nonphysical beings. QUICKWATER ORACLES, Thompson’s delightful record of their channeled conversations – expansive, uninhibited, sometimes hilarious – will be published by Two Fine Crows Books in December 2021.
Conscious channeling involves intentionally connecting and communicating with nonphysical fields of consciousness. Thompson’s poetic gifts make her translations of these energy communications so vivid that for the reader it is almost like experiencing them in person.
Although Thompson was in despair at the state of the world, these messages were filled with exuberant celebration. “Change your spectacles to joy,” they told her. “To joy!” They urged her, as a writer, toward deeper integrity and authenticity. And over and over, they reminded her to be in love with the world: “ All is for no reason. It is for pleasure. It is for itself knowing itself!”
Inspiring but unsentimental, Quickwater Oracles can be used for daily meditation, journaling, and discussion, or read as one woman’s channeling journey. Readers who loved Ross Gay’s “The Book of Delights,” Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s “World of Wonders,” and Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris’s “Lost Spells” will treasure Ruth Thompson’s gift of “joy-making and singing.”
RUTH THOMPSON is an award-winning poet and channel. Her first collection of channels is QUICKWATER ORACLES. Ruth has published four books of poetry: Whale Fall & Black Sage, Crazing, Woman With Crows, and Here Along Cazenovia Creek. Her “fierce, gorgeous, sensual poems of earth-as-body and body-as-earth” have won many national awards, and have been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. Ruth holds a BA from Stanford University and a doctorate in English from Indiana University. She teaches poetry, meditation, and writing from the body. She lives in the Finger Lakes with her partner, anthropologist-writer Don Mitchell. Her work has been choreographed by Shizuno Nasu of Japan. You can see Ruth talking about her work here. Poems, videos, press kit, and more information here.
Do I understand channeling? No. Yet whenever I return to Quickwater I find myself happy in ways I can’t explain. Read it. You’ll never be the same. — Mary Johnson, author of An Unquenchable Thirst
An accomplished, late-in-life author from a scientific and skeptical family discovers the delightful surprise of relinquishing the ego’s strivings, to be more like the pine trees who whisper, “All is for no reason. It is for pleasure. It is for itself knowing itself.” – Jendi Reiter, author of Bullies in Love and Made Man
She has allowed herself to embrace a world she doesn’t know, the world of channeling, of deep spirits, of all that earth is, ancient and true. – Esther Cohen, author of Overheard
What a book! What a way to use the presence of one’s life! Thank you, Ruth. – Ailia Mira, artist and conscious channel, AiliaMira.com world speaks—no, sings—through Ruth the whole web of life.”