Toby Thompson & Ken McCullough

Jul 16, 2014

The New Atlas Bar, Columbus, MT. Some rights reserved. (CC BY 2.0)
The New Atlas Bar, Columbus, MT. Some rights reserved. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Bradley Gordon

7/15/14 & 7/16/14: This week on Reflections West: In his youth, Toby Thompson stormed thirty saloons a day in search of the Great American Bar. In the dark of a recent December night, he experienced a revival at the New Atlas Bar in Columbus, MT. Poet Ken McCullough finds consolation at the New Atlas, too:

"Your conversation

was not so much

with the two-headed patrons

or the barkeep waxing at the tap

but with yourself

as you sat in buffalo coat

your cornucopia

of melancholy on the bar."