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The Country I Remember: Poems
by David Mason
Winner of the Castagnola Award from PSA. A 12-part narrative poem about the adventures of John Mitchell, a lieutenant in the Civil War, and his daughter, Maggie. Lt. John Mitchell was a POW who helped engineer the famous escape from Libby Prison; he then went on to help settle the West.
Paperback, 77 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Story Line Press
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The long, remarkable poem that gives this book its title is a dual biographical sketch of the poet's ancestor who fought in the US Civil War and that soldier's daughter, who made her own way in the world. I didn't want it to end.