Wheat Rippling in the Sunlight

Wheat Rippling in the Sunlight
Item# ISBN: 978-0-8059-9687-6

by Paul Douglas Thompson

Wheat Rippling in the Sunlight is a chronological lifetime collection of poems that record events, exhibit love of place, and honor people Paul Douglas Thompson has known.

A long period of no writing ended in 1986 when the author attended a personal growth workshop and began once again to write poetry. The prose poem “I am a Gentle and Loving Man” and the stream–of-consciousness “In Flight” began this period of renewed expression. More details are in “Notes,” at the end of the collection.

A western artist, Andrew W. Lewis, drew the illustrations inspired by his reading of the poems.


Vagabond, chemist, line dance instructor, rock hound, fan of Ralph Stanley, and lover of mountains, Paul Douglas Thompson hitch-hiked and rode the freight trains for three years until the need for money led him to a diploma in truck mechanics.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1982, worked two years as a semiconductor engineer in Idaho, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in materials science and inorganic chemistry at Oregon State University in 1991. He teaches chemistry in the classroom and online and helps monitor local streams for pollution. He and his wife, Brenda, live near Prestonsburg, Kentucky, with their daughter, Tara.

(2005, paperback, 102 pages)

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