Shannon: A Poem of the Lewis and Clark Expedition is the re-creation in verse of the sixteen days George Shannon, the youngest member of the troop, spent lost along the Missouri River in 1804. In a casual observation in his journal for August 26, William Clark noted that the company left "Shannon and Drouillard to hunt for the horses last night. Directed them to follow us, keeping on the high lands." The next day Drouilla..."/>
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Campbell McGrath

 

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Across my knuckles believe in some Ant-God

Of their own devising?George Shannon, as reimagined by Campbell McGrath, has his vision of America. Perhaps a bit more frightening than the national myth might prefer, it's also one that seems entirely real.    (end of article)

[Originally published in January, 2011.]

 

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