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Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin'

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The heart and soul of the West is seen through the eyes of its women--cowgirl poets writing about jinglin' the horses home, haymakin' time, cowboy courtin', livin' free, and July thunderstorms, among other things close to a cowgirl's heart. And, of course, there are plenty of poignant observations on life and men.

Editor Virginia Bennett has rounded up classic poems that reflect the spirit of those who have gone before, while contemporary poems...

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Overview

The heart and soul of the West is seen through the eyes of its women--cowgirl poets writing about jinglin' the horses home, haymakin' time, cowboy courtin', livin' free, and July thunderstorms, among other things close to a cowgirl's heart. And, of course, there are plenty of poignant observations on life and men.

Editor Virginia Bennett has rounded up classic poems that reflect the spirit of those who have gone before, while contemporary poems show that cowgirls are still ridin' tall in the saddle.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Tugging at your heart, tickling your funny bone, prompting a tear at the corner of your eye¾cowgirls writing from their hearts will touch you one way or another. This collection of classic and contemporary poems is written by cowgirls from America, Canada and Australia. They cover subjects like a love for horses, the demands of ranch life, the loss of loved ones, the beauty in nature and the fun and satisfaction in a simple life. Each poet has her individual voice and style. The rhythm of Sivell's "The Range Call" is reminiscent of Longfellow's "The Day is Done." Sally Bates sets us straight in "Generic Titles," telling us that "cowboy" is a verb. Linda Bark'karie's playful riding advice begins—"Keep a leg on each side/and your mind in the middle/sit up straight/and try not to fiddle." Children with a love of history, the outdoors or the Old West will enjoy these verses. The only thing that could improve this collection is some brief biographical information about the authors. 2001, Gibbs Smith, $10.95. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Chris Gill
From The Critics
Fans of poetry and cowgirls will find Cowgirl Poetry a lively collection of cowgirl poets who write about life on the range and the work of the ranch. From funny quips and long humorous poems to serious observations of the struggles of ranch life, Cowgirl Poetry is a fine collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586850166
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/24/1995
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,416,184
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia Bennett is the editor of Cowgirl Poetry, also published by Gibbs Smith, Publisher.
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Wild Morning Glories by Sharlot Hall

Once in a wind-swept, sunburned land Where long, rough hills come crawling down, Crowding the little valley hard
With buttes like paws, rock-clawed and brown, One great split boulder in the sand Made of spots of shade where wild vines grew, All hung with swinging bells of bloom--In sunset colors pink and blue.

Small morning glory vines that clung Back in rock rifts dim and cool--And two ranch children all through May
Were tardy every day at school.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Acknowledgments

Those Who've Gone Before

Growing Up Western

A Cowgirl & Her Horse

A Cowgirl & Her Work

Living with Nature & Animals

The Heart of a Cowgirl

Love of the Land & the Lifestyle

Observations on Life & Men

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