Filson, Greathouse, Thoreau, Rafinesque, Blue Jacket, Rebecca ---
||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."