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John Thompson (17 Mar 1938 — 26 Apr 1976) was an English-born Canadian poet.

John Thompson was born in Timperley in 1938. Following the death of his father and abandonment by his mother, he was educated at various boarding schools and the Manchester Grammar School. He received his B.A. in honours psychology from the University of Sheffield in 1958. Following two years service in the British Army intelligence corps, he studied comparative literature at Michigan State University and received his Ph.D. He studied under A. J. M. Smith and his thesis entailed the translation of poems by the French poet René Char. In 1966 he moved to Canada and taught English literature at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, where he lived in a farmhouse. His first collection of poetry, At the Edge of the Chopping there are no Secrets (1973), received mixed reviews. This was followed by a divorce and a fire that consumed his home and most of his manuscripts. He wrote the 38 poems in his second - and last - collection, Stilt Jack, while in Toronto on a sabbatical.

The cause of his death at the age of 38, immediately after Stilt Jack was completed, remains the subject of debate. In the fall of 1975, Thompson wrote his will. At Christmas, he broke down and was hospitalized. On his release three months later, instead of abiding by the doctor's orders not to mix drugs and alcohol, he continued to drink steadily. He finished Stilt Jack in April. On April 24, he gave the manuscript to his friend and fellow poet, Douglas Lochhead. After returning home, the tenants in the apartment below heard muffled choking and cries. He was discovered comatose-and pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. James Polk describes the cause of death as "a brutal mix of barbiturates and liquor." The autopsy did not provide conclusive evidence that Thompson killed himself.

Thompson's poems, published and unpublished, including his translations of French and Québécois poets, John Thompson: Collected Poems and Translations, and a biographical essay by the editor, Peter Sanger, were published by Goose Lane Editions (Fredericton) in 1995.

In 1998 in The Danforth Review, Dan Reve wrote, "[The ghazal] is a rarefied, peculiar and therefore powerful form... John Thompson is to be credited with the introduction and dissemination of the ghazal in Canada. His Stilt Jack is one of literature's odd, incommensurable works of genius."

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that moan like a saxophone
2016 - That Moan Like a Saxophone (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781536879346
ISBN-10: 1536879347
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Stocks How to Invest For Success To Make Money - Day Trading Stock Trading Penny Stocks Stock Market  Other Investing Basics
John Thompson's Adult Piano Course - Book 2 Intermediate Level Book with Online Audio
National Geographic Traveler Washington DC 5th Edition
2015 - National Geographic Traveler Washington Dc 5th Edition (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781426213663
ISBN-10: 1426213662
Genre: Travel
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First Piano Pops John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course
John Thompson's Adult Piano Course - Book 1 Elementary Level Book with Online Audio
Popular Piano Solos - John Thompson's Adult Piano Course  Elementary Level
Popular Piano Solos - John Thompson's Adult Piano Course  Intermediate Level
2014 - Popular Piano Solos - John Thompson's Adult Piano Course Intermediate Level [Book 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781480367463
ISBN-10: 148036746X
Genre: Arts & Photography
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The Economics of Banking
2014 - The Economics of Banking (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781118639207
ISBN-10: 1118639200
Genre: Business & Money
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Bayesian Analysis with Stata
2014 - Bayesian Analysis with Stata (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781597181419
ISBN-10: 1597181412
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An Uncommon History of Common Things
2013 - An Uncommon History of Common Things (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781426208065
ISBN-10: 1426208065
Genre: History
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Adopted - Me So Who Do I Think I Am
2013 - Adopted - Me So Who Do I Think I Am (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781481794725
ISBN-10: 1481794728
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Chain of Souls Evil Lies in the House of Six Gables
2013 - Chain of Souls Evil Lies in the House of Six Gables [Salem VI - Volume 2] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780988948341
ISBN-10: 0988948346
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The Hong Kong Deception
2013 - The Hong Kong Deception [Brent Lucas] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780988948372
ISBN-10: 0988948370
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Salem VI Rebecca's Rising
2012 - Salem VI Rebecca's Rising (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780985793777
ISBN-10: 0985793775
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Secret History Of Carmel
2012 - Secret History of Carmel [Volume 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781475121735
ISBN-10: 1475121733
Genre: History
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The Life of John Thompson a Fugitive Slave Containing His History of 25 Years in Bondage and His Providential Escape
First Disney Songs Elementary Level
2011 - First Disney Songs Elementary Level (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781617741791
ISBN-10: 1617741795
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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National Geographic Traveler Washington DC 4th edition
2011 - National Geographic Traveler Washington Dc 4th Edition (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781426207143
ISBN-10: 142620714X
Genre: Travel
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John Thompson's Modern Course plus Popular Piano Solos 4 Books in One
2010 - John Thompson's Modern Course Plus Popular Piano Solos 4 Books in One [Willis] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781423476405
ISBN-10: 1423476409
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The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare Volume 1
2010 - The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare Volume 1 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143244353
ISBN-10: 1143244354
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2009 - Armageddon Conspiracy [Brent Lucas Thriller] (Hardcover)Hardcover
2008 - John Thompson's Modern Course for the Piano Second Grade - Book/cd Pack [John Thompson's Modern Course for the Piano Series] (Paperback)
2008 - John Thompson's Modern Course for the Piano Third Grade - Book/cd Pack [John Thompson's Modern Course for the Piano Series] (Paperback)Paperback
2008 - John Thompson's Modern Course for the Piano - First Grade First Grade - Book/cd [Book/CD Pack - John Thompson's Modern Course for the Piano] (Paperback)Paperback
2005 - Teaching Little Fingers to Play a Book for the Earliest Beginner [John Thompsons Modern Course for The Piano] (Paperback)
2003 - How Modern Churches Are Harming Families [CD - War of the Worldviews] (Audio CD)Audio Cassette
2001 - National Geographic Guide to America's Outdoors Southeast [National Geographic Guides to America's Outdoors] (Paperback)
2001 - Understanding Corporate Strategy [Course ILT Series] (Paperback)
2001 - Jewel [Overcoming Adversity] (Paperback)
2000 - Costa Rica [Lonely Planet] (Paperback)Paperback
1996 - Arthritis Everything You Need to Know [Your Personal Health] (Paperback)
1996 - Jezebel (Paperback)
1994 - Christmas in the Big House Christmas in the Quarters [Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner] (Hardcover)Paperback
Year of the Uprising [African Writers Series ; 190] (Paperback)
Lance Armstrong [Overcoming Adversity] (Other)Paperback
The Holy Spirit in the Theology of Karl Barth [Princeton Theological Monograph Series] (Paperback)
Rose Ash Life in a Devon Rectory Around 1947 [Downend Local History Society Monograph] (Paperback)
Working with the Community [Pidgeon Audio Visual Library] (Audio Cassette)