Toby Thompson & Ken McCullough

Jul 16, 2014

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."