Still Travels

Still Travels
William Irwin Thompson

“Still Travels is a hybrid of personal and cultural, unabashedly encyclopaedic in scope.

This work, by a writer who has both diagnosed and altered the intellectual culture of our age asks to be shelved near recognizable familial forebears: Lucretius, Dante, Charles Olson. Breaking down the boundaries between lyric, metaphysical, historical and geological ways of knowing, Still Travels is alternatively aria and spearprick, explorer’s journal and heart’s-heal carried alongside it in his bag.”
— Jane Hirshfield

william_irwin_thompson - CopyThompson has taught at Cornell, MIT, and York University in Toronto. His interdisciplinary interests are indicated in that he studied anthropology, philosophy, and literature at Pomona, and literature and cultural history at Cornell.

He has served as visiting professor of religion at Syracuse University (1973), visiting professor of Celtic Studies at St. Michael’s College, the University of Toronto (1984), visiting professor of political science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (1985), Rockefeller Scholar at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco (1992-1995), and Lindisfarne Scholar-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York in the autumn of each year from 1992 to 1996. In 1995 he designed an evolution of consciousness curriculum for the Ross School in East Hampton, New York and serves as a Founding Mentor, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ross_School).

Thompson founded the Lindisfarne Association in 1972 and served as its Director until 1997. He has now retired from Lindisfarne and teaching and lives in Maine and devotes himself to writing essays and poetry; he often contributes to the Wild River Review and the Seven Pillars Review.

This work, by a writer who has both diagnosed and altered the intellectual culture of our age asks to be shelved near recognizable familial forebears: Lucretius, Dante, Charles Olson. Breaking down the boundaries between lyric, metaphysical, historical and geological ways of knowing, Still Travels is alternatively aria and spearprick, explorer’s journal and heart’s-heal carried alongside it in his bag.”
— Jane Hirshfield