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The Land We Dreamed

Poems

Joe Survant

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

Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication

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Preface

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pp. xi-xii

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

The First Hunters

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pp. 3-6

The Turtle Clan

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pp. 7-8

II. Coureurs des Bois: 1638

Noel Chabanel

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pp. 11-14

Father Jerome Clermont

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pp. 15-16

Noel

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p. 17-17

Among the Illinois

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pp. 18-21

Fr. Jerome

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p. 22-22

Noel, Cogito

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pp. 23-24

Fr. Jerome Hears of the Shawnee

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p. 25-25

Winter among the Mystassins

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pp. 26-27

Noel

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pp. 28-29

Memento Mei

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pp. 30-31

Noel, Seul

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pp. 32-34

La Belle Riviere

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pp. 35-38

What He Found

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pp. 39-42

III. Ken-ta-tha

On the Ohio

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pp. 45-47

Fort Pitt

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p. 48-48

Nimwh

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pp. 49-50

Kyashuta to George Washington upon Meeting Him along the Ohio, 1770

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p. 51-51

Beniwerica

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p. 52-52

Bonah

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pp. 53-54

The Prophet

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pp. 55-58

IV. Long Hunter: Kan-ta-ke, 1755–1756

Beyond the Mountains

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p. 61-61

turrabel cainbrakes

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pp. 62-63

Bear

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pp. 64-65

Ambush

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pp. 66-67

Alone

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pp. 68-69

Winter Dream

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p. 70-70

Fire

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pp. 71-72

Wintering

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p. 73-73

Falling Asleep while Hunting

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p. 74-74

Boustrophedon

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p. 75-75

Absence

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p. 76-76

Owl

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p. 77-77

Footprints

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pp. 78-79

The Chain

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pp. 80-82

Bread

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p. 83-83

Weariness

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p. 84-84

Question

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p. 85-85

Big Bone Lick

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pp. 86-88

V. Voices from the Great Migration: 1750–1792

Dr. Thomas Walker

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p. 91-91

Mary Ingles

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pp. 92-94

The feeling infinite

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pp. 95-96

Henry Lee

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p. 97-97

Down the Ohio: Indian Summer, 1778

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pp. 98-99

Through the Gap

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pp. 100-102

Ella Mulligan

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pp. 103-105

Mary Hite

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pp. 106-107

On Dick’s River

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pp. 108-109

Uriah Boyd

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p. 110-110

Clinch River Ford

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pp. 111-112

Defeated Camp

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pp. 113-114

Ada Milbank

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p. 115-115

First Frost

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pp. 116-117

Autumn Snakes

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p. 118-118

Gathering Browse in Winter

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pp. 119-120

The hard winter

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p. 121-121

Mingo Bottom

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p. 122-122

VI. A Codicil

Coal

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pp. 125-128

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 129-130

The author wishes to express gratitude to the publishers of the journals in which the following poems, sometimes in earlier forms, first appeared:

Adena: “The Turtle Clan” (revised from “Turtle”)
Bryant Literary Review: “Owl”
Louisville Review: “Autumn Snakes,” “Coal” (under...

Index of First Lines

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pp. 131-133

Other Works in the Series

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pp. 134-136


E-ISBN-13: 9780813144610
E-ISBN-10: 0813144612
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813144580

Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: Kentucky Voices

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