The Daniel Boone Poems

by Joe Napora


  Girty, Kenton, Filson, Greathouse, Thoreau, Rafinesque, Blue Jacket, Rebecca --- 
you'll encounter them all as you follow Boone through the leaves of this book. 

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Joe Napora is the master of historical epic. In his latest and greatest, Napora muscles Daniel Boone into a 21st century nekyia that haunts his old Kentucky home. Napora’s highly distinctive New Left archetypal praxis grasps the whole mythos and system behind trickster brutality in the wilderness. In a profound extension of the American Grain tradition that includes William Carlos Williams, Meridel Le Sueur, Charles Olson and Paul Metcalf, Napora tracks the hero backwards, forwards, down and out through the hermetic borderlines, moral values and wild space that riddle American legend. With The Daniel Boone Poems, Napora demonstrates that, though in league with the dead, poetry and history are alive and subject as ever to re-visionary change.
— Ken Warren

Of Napora's "1917" Howard Zinn said, "Your poems and prose not only bring back in a startling way that crucial moment of our history — World War I, the IWW, the liberal terror of Wilson. They inspire us with the little acts of protest, the 'small sentences' of obscure and heroic people. I hope this piece of writing gets circulated over the country, especially to school teachers and school children of the new generation." 


  From the book —

The generality of those geographers 

who have attempted a map, or description of America, seem either to have had no knowledge of Kentucke, or to have neglected it, although a place of infinite importance: And the rest have proceeded so erroneously, that they have left the world as much in darkness as before. Many are the mistakes, respecting the subject of this work, in all other maps which I have yet seen; whereas I can truly say, I know of none in that which I here present to the world either from my own particular knowledge, or from the information of those gentlemen with whose assistance I have been favoured and who have been well acquainted with the country since the first settlement.

                                                — John Filson



Chester Harding:
             James Welch and Joseph Peck sent me
             from St. Louis to do a portrait of the
             old pioneer. The rumor being that he was
             still alive somewhere in Missouri.
             The nearer I approached the house of the
             old man the less interest was felt by his
             neighbors. I told Boone that I read Bryan’s 
             The Mountain Muse.

Daniel Boone:
             That book represents me as a wonderful man
             who killed a host of Indians. I don’t believe 
             the one has much to do with the other.

Chester Harding:
             I finished the picture but took very little interest
             in the old man or his adventures.

Daniel Boone:
             The picture makes me look already dead.

His grandchildren:
             Oooooh.  Aaaaah.