From his home in the hills above the Mississippi River, Erwin Thompson has heard the waters pass. And he listens closely whenever
they carry a song, storing it in his memory to share with the next generation.
For more than 90 years, the work of this poet, novelist, fiddler and square dance caller has captured life with a perspective
that is rich with human warmth. Whether he's writing love poems to his wife from the battlefields of World War II Europe,
chronicling his adventures working for Union Electric, or coming up with songs for the Calhoun County Antique Quilt and Car
Show, Thompson shows us the quiet and simple pleasures of living.
His poems, songs and stories provide deep links to the past while telling timeless tales of loss, love, struggle and success.
Ice in East Saint Louis
The Last Sign of Spring