Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place
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Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place
As I worked on my new book, I posted these cool links about people, places, and things on the Iron Range. This is the "understory" of the stories in Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range is published by Wildwood River, a confluence of the arts.  Enjoy!  For more information, go to my website: <a href="http://sheilapacka.com" rel="nofollow">http://sheilapacka.com</a> and <a href="http://wildwoodriver.com" rel="nofollow">http://wildwoodriver.com</a>
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Writings | Muriel Rukeyser

Sheila Packas insight:

Muriel Rukeyser writes of mines and working class towns in The Book of the Dead from US 1 (1938).  

 

"Book of the Dead," poem excerpt:

 

These roads will take you into your own country.

Seasons and maps coming where this road comes

into a landscape mirrored in these men.

 

Past all your influences, your home river,

constellations of cities, mottoes of childhood,

parents and easy cures, war, all evasion's wishes.

 

What one word must never be said?

...

 

These are our strength, who strike against history.

These whose corrupt cells owe their new styles of weakness 

             to our diseases:

 

these carrying light for safety on their foreheads

descended deeper for richer faults of ore,

            drilling their death.

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History of Duluth and St. Louis County, Past and Present

History of Duluth and St. Louis County, Past and Present | Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place | Scoop.it
Sheila Packas insight:

Volume II/ published in 1910

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The Road to Prohibition

This episode tells the story of Prohibiton and its repeal through images from the Minnesota Historical Society's photography collection.
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