Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering

Overview

This collection of poems was chosen from among 10, 000 gathered from cowboy reciters, ranch poets and from a library of over 200 published works of cowboy verse. One third of the poems are classics that have proven their vitality by having lived in the hearts and minds of cowboys and ranchers for decades. The remaining two-thirds are new, created within the last few years.

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Overview

This collection of poems was chosen from among 10, 000 gathered from cowboy reciters, ranch poets and from a library of over 200 published works of cowboy verse. One third of the poems are classics that have proven their vitality by having lived in the hearts and minds of cowboys and ranchers for decades. The remaining two-thirds are new, created within the last few years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879052089
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/1/1990
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 712,130
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.25 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Hal Cannon was the first director of the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada, and founder of the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering. He lives in Salt Lake City.

Hal Cannon was the first director of the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada, and founder of the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering. He lives in Salt Lake City.

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Range Cow in Winter by Vern Mortensen

Have you listened still on a desert hill At the close of a bitter day, When the orange sun in wispy clouds Was set in a greenish haze? In a cold white world of deepening drifts That cover the land like a pall, Then the plaintive bawl of a hungry cow Is the loneliest sound of all!

Have you listened still on a desert hill When the world was cold and drear, When the tinkling bells of a herd of sheep Was the nearest sound you'd hear, And the haunting notes of a lone coyote whose Evening's hunting howl
Rose wild and clear in the cold blue night, And was answered by the hoot of an owl?

But when the scanty grass lies covered deep By the snow that lies like a pall, Then the plaintive bawl of a hungry cow
Is the loneliest sound of all!

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Table of Contents

Introductio

Acknowledgments

Allen McCanless

Gail Gardner

Anonymous

Anonymous

S. Omar Barker

Larry Chittendon

T.J. McCoy

Anonymous

Eugene Ware

Anonymous

D.J. O'Malley

James Barton Adams

Bruce Kiskaddon

Henry Herbert Knibbs

Anonymous

Anonymous

Anonymous

Curley Fletcher

Badger Clark

Nyle A. Henderson

Carlos Ashley

Georgie Sicking

Jon Bowerman

Howard Norskog

Waddie Mitchell

Ernie Fanning

Jesse Smith

Buck Wilkerson

Bob Schild

Jim Hofer

Baxter Black

Charles A. Kortes

Nick Johnson

Linda Ash

Bill Lowman

Ross Knox

Don Ian Smith

Melvin L. Whipple

Lucky Whipple

Gorden Eastman

Duane Reece

Harold Otto

Vern Mortensen

R. O. Munn

Drummond Hadley

Dick Gibford

Bill Simpson

Barney Nelson

Jim Bollers

Owen Barton

Don Bell

Wallace McRae

Vess Quinlan

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