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Stop #12 Cave Literature
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Stop #12 Cave Literature - Narrator: Tom Chaney

As early as the 1840's, the cave region of south central Kentucky drew distinguished writers, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, noted poet and philosopher. The mysteries of caves still inspire writers, including Hart County native and award winning poet, Davis McCombs. Listen as he describes the "wind" that caves seem to exhale in the opening lines of Cave Wind from his book "Ultima Thule:"

Knowing it is shaped by
the size of the passage
it unwinds through, (thus
its particular form and flue), we
are not deceived when, on
summer afternoons it stiffens into
fog, clusters in the vines
and scrub brush littering the
entrance sink - no cough
or eructation, it is a constant
velocity we read or clock
(no need to vane it)
for the scope and girth
of the cavern, asking
does it go or siphon? Knowing
its speed portends the cave
we'll discover

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Street Sign

Bottomless Pit Video
Davis McCombs reading "Bottomless Pit"

Oral Histories about
"Cave Literature"

Johnston or Mucker   Muckler or Johnston
Andrew Muckler, left, and Michael Johnston
Bookstore Owners and Book Restorers

"A Special Family Cookbook"

"Appraisals and Book Collecting"

"Archival Covers"

"Documentation of Restoration"

"Vintage Cave Books"

"A Different Kind of Book Store"

"Book Products and Services"

"Book Collections"

"Assessing a Book for Restoration"

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