Cowboy Curmudgeon and Other Poems

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Wally McRae is a classic among today's cowboy poets. He recites his poems regularly on a syndicated television program, "The West," and often is a featured performer at the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko. He has performed at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, among other places. In 1990 McRae became the first cowboy poet to be granted a National Heritage Award from the NEA in Washingto, D.C. And all this while managing his family's 30,000-acre cow-calf ranch in Forsyth, Montana.

McRae began writing poetry over twenty-five years ago in an attempt to record the values, humor and plight of his occupation. He leaves no western subject uncovered. His topics range from hat etiquette and hollyhocks to ballad-like tales and cowboy nostalgia. Three previous books of his poems have been published. This wonderful collection contains over fifty of his most popular poems, including classics such as "Reincarnation" and "Give Us a Son, Ian Tyson," along with forty new poems published here for the first time.

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Contents Boot Shopping We Never Rode the Judiths The Coyote Up North is Down the Crick Three Dogs Sat on the Sidewalk The Belt A Quiet Night on the Prairie The Gras-Fat Steers A Woman's Place Gabe Foster Eminent Domain The Disputed Epicure A Conversation with Albert One More Shipping Day Ranch Wife Maggie The Homestead House Exodus Old Speed and Two Milk Cows Coffee Winter Moisture "I Knowed Old Charlie Well" Hat Etiquette Broke, Afoot and Old Bill Seward, King of the Jersey Lillly Commuted Sentence Another Cowboy An Ounce of Prevention In Quest of the Festive Bough Ol' Proc Telephone Call The Land Reincarnation Degrees of Water The Clincher What Kind of an Outfit You Got? Our Communion Rep Pup, Bonine, and Owl Zack Tilman Old Bluffer The Old Men in the Lobby Grandmother's French Hollyhocks Outriders at the End of the Trail The Torch is Passed Snuffy and Sodie and the Cowboy Code A Salute to the Cowboy Artists Give Us a Song, Ian Tyson Vegetable Cultivation The Yellowstone Howdy, Mr. Hunter Malcolm and the Stranglers Charles Finley Parkins Applied Genesis National Park Custer Country Ten Thousand Places Little Things Put That Back . . . Hoedown Call Anytime The Livestock Leader Rachel Definitions of Poor Pax Vobiscum Shopping The Great Montana Centennial Cattle Drive Dock Groom Hired Hand Weeds Box Elders Ain't No Cowboy Heaven The Lingo of Our Callin' A Cost-Return Analysis Handy Harry Me and the Hippie on the Greyhound Bus Bareback Rider Holiday Season My Requiem The Compleat Cowboy Different Drummers Riders' Block Signs Gooseberries Jerry Kinzel Clint On Rural Relocation The Debut E. M. (Red) Kluver Rodeo Sold to the Highest Bidder Things of Intrinsic Worth Touchy Questions Roundup's Over Urban Cowboy Cowboy Curmudgeon (C.C.)

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McRae began writing poerty over twenty-five years ago in an attempt to record the values, humor and plight of his occupation. Three books of his poetry have been published.



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