About the Author
Clell Gannon (1900-1962)
George Will, Sr., Clell Gannon, and Russell Reid on a canoe trip on the Missouri River that Gannon wrote about for the North Dakota Quarterly.
A noted North Dakota artist, outdoor enthusiast, and poet, Clell Gannon was the author and illustrator of two poetry collections, Songs of the Bunch-Grass Acres (1924) and How Christmas Came to North Dakota (1929). After his death, his family published a third collection of poems, Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land (1965), which offers the modern reader a glimpse into the something that will soon be a distant memory, the untroubled landscape of western North Dakota.
Much more than a collection of landscape poems, Gannon’s poetry is a spiritual odyssey into a place where “The land is a dream—and illusion.” These meditations move beyond poetry toward prayer. He and his wife, Ruth Gannon, printed the poetry collection, Beta Stanzas: Poems by Members of the Beta Stanza of the North Dakota Poetry Society (1940). A gallery at Bismarck State College was named the Clell and Ruth Gannon Gallery to honor their contributions to the arts in the region.
Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land