Larry W. Moore is a sixth generation Kentuckian and fourth generation native of Frankfort. He received an A.B. degree in humanities and psychology from Transylvania University in Lexington, spent a year abroad studying the life and work of Hermann Hesse, and did graduate work in the history of science and medicine at the University of Kentucky. Retired from a career in Kentucky state government, he is the co-founder and managing member of Broadstone Media LLC, a cultural promotion company. In this capacity he serves as publisher of Broadstone Books, and as curator of the Jane Chancellor Moore Gallery. He is a published poet, photographer, book reviewer, literary critic, and translator.
The River Remembers
In this verse cycle, Frankfort native Larry W. Moore has imagined the river as the keeper of the community memory, the repository of local history and lore that it shares in these pages. Adopting the personas of a memorable cast of Frankfort characters, he brings to life: a former slave recalling the building of his church; painter Paul Sawyier encountering vagabond poet Vachel Lindsay; William Jennings Bryan, his mind wandering as he addresses a local assembly; the deathbed reminiscences of riverboat captain John W. Cannon; Governor Thomas Bramlett after the defense of his capital in the Civil War; disgraced former Kentucky Treasurer “Honest Dick” Tate in exile; a prostitute in Crawfish Bottom; a sleepwalking Eleanor Lindsay keeping company with her ghosts; and others, including the voice of the river itself. While these poems have a definite locality and cast of characters specific to Frankfort history (and a bit of imagination), they transcend the limits of place to stand as compelling narrative and lyrical poetry.