The Land We Dreamed
Publication Year: 2014
Weaving together universal themes of family, geography, and death with images of America's frontier landscape, former Kentucky Poet Laureate Joe Survant has been lauded for his ability to capture the spirit of the land and its people. Kliatt magazine has praised his work, stating, "Survant's words sing.... This is storytelling at its best."
Exploring the pre-Columbian and frontier history of the commonwealth, The Land We Dreamed is the final installment in the poet's trilogy on rural Kentucky. The poems in the book feature several well-known figures and their stories, reimagining Dr. Thomas Walker's naming of the Cumberland Plateau, Mary Draper Ingles's treacherous journey from Big Bone Lick to western Virginia following her abduction by Native Americans, and Daniel Boone's ruminations on the fall season of 1770. Survant also explores the Bluegrass from the perspectives of the chiefs of the Shawnee and Seneca tribes.
Drawing on primary documents such as the seventeenth-century reports of French Jesuit missionaries, excerpts from the Draper manuscripts, and the journals of pioneers George Croghan and Christopher Gist, this collection surveys a broad and under-recorded history. Poem by poem, Survant takes readers on an imaginative expedition -- through unspoiled Shawnee cornfields, down the wild Ohio River, and into the depths of the region's ancient coal seams.
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
Series: Kentucky Voices
Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
The Land We Dreamed is the last book of my trilogy about rural Kentucky. It attempts to satisfy a long and deeply held curiosity about the early experiences of people in Kentucky, beginning with the first Ice Age hunters who wandered south of the glaciers into what must have seemed a paradise and stretching to the pioneers at...
I. The First Hunters
II. Coureurs des Bois: 1638
IV. Long Hunter: Kan-ta-ke, 1755–1756
V. Voices from the Great Migration: 1750–1792
VI. A Codicil
The author wishes to express gratitude to the publishers of the
journals in which the following poems, sometimes in earlier forms,
Adena: “The Turtle Clan” (revised from “Turtle”)
Bryant Literary Review: “Owl”
Louisville Review: “Autumn Snakes,” “Coal” (under...