Raised just outside Cincinnati, in the rural community of Rossmoyne, Ohio, Aaron Belford Thompson, Priscilla Jane Thompson, and Clara Ann Thompson wrote poetry that addressed Black American life in the early twentieth century. In their time, they were hailed as literary celebrities in the Cincinnati and Indianapolis Black communities, but they never managed to attain mainstream attention. This book presents three of their poetry collections-Aaron's Harvest of Thoughts, Priscilla's Gleanings of Quiet Hours, and Clara's Songs from the Wayside, all initially published in 1907-1908-as a snapshot into the artistic and political interests of this talented family of poets.
In this interview Sr. Patty Campbell discusses the strong bond with her parents as well as her gift of writing poetry in her early years of vocation discernment. In addition to her extensive experience in teaching, in discussing her community life she highlights several examples of her vocational service in being able to "do what has to be done", without waiting for permission.
The Unbinding chronicles a woman's experience of finding her way through and out of a twenty-year marriage rooted in domestic violence, as well as her continued unbinding from trauma. The abuse she survives is particularly insidious due to the fact that she is married to a pastor, and thus it includes not just emotional, psychological, physical, and sexual abuse, but also spiritual abuse. Settings and images of everyday life provide a gateway into a remarkable journey, the telling of which is vivid and dark, yet ultimately hopeful. The woman at the center of this journey survives due to her children - a manifestation of her grace in the world - and her grit.