July/Aug 2021 • Vol. XLIII No. 4 PoetryJuly 1, 2021 |

知 / Know

Frederick Jackson Turner, lecture to the American Historical Association, 1893 Come waves of men with capital; come broadcloths, silks, leghorns, crapes, all the refinements the train ushers into each village, and the settler revolts, pushes into the interior, flees what’s turned to edifices of brick, orchards, gardens, colleges, churches: rolls instead westward into the frontier’s crucible in which all former servants of Europe become American. Without the war cry of Cheyenne and Iroquois would we be ourselves? Would we have battled, consolidated, traded, made self and liberty our germs of government? Would we have stayed and called home the lands of the upper Yadkin had they remained untamed by farm and corncrib, their timbers not made girdled, deadened, fenced? The West is too much for any man. It takes him from boardroom and steam engine and loses him to birchbark canoe. We see a mountain and level it; we see a plain spread out like a meadow

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Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee, and three books of poetry, A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, and The Invention of the Kaleidoscope. Her newest book of poems, Imaginary Vessels, will be published in October 2016.

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