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The Passing of the Storm, by Alfred Castner King is an epic poem that manages to tell the history of the early 1900s including the Civil War, the Russian Revolution, and life in the Rocky Mountains through the stories of miners trapped in a cabin during a blizzard. It reads like prose and is wonderful describing American history, the American West and the American frontier through poetry. The book includes Other Poems at the end describing life in the American West during the early 1900s and particularly the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado.Originally published in 1907, Alfred Castner King’s unique and beautiful The Passing of the Storm survives as his most enduring work. A rare example of epic verse, it sends its readers deep into the heart of the ruggedly wild world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, blending together the pivotal events of that tumultuous era with an ageless tale of brotherly courage and love.Even before his accidental blinding midway through life, it was King’s passion to forever memorialize the natural splendor and simple majesty of the American frontier and its humble working class. But it was his continual struggle to come to terms with his late tragedy that gives much of his collected Other Poems their unique and intensely captivating voice.

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