In Cowboy Poetry: The Reunion we lift our lariats and salute twenty years of poetry sharing at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Reflective and rascally, tough and fresh, clever and insightful, this book holds the history, the heritage, and the future of the vibrant voices of the West. This anthology comprises some of the best of traditional cowboy poetry predating the present cowboy poetry revival, as well as work created since 1985. It is a great retrospective, giving us a sense of where we have been and where we are going, as well as a fitting tribute to the men and women whose words reflect an authentic American West. Virginia Bennett is the editor of Cowgirl Poetry, also published by Gibbs Smith, Publisher.
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Acknowledgements Foreword by Charlie Seemann Introduction CHAPTER ONE: HOSSES 1) Busted by the Holaday and Hampton Poet 2) Squallin' Balley and Diablo by Wallace McRae 3) Remembering a Middle-Aged Bronc Ride by Rod McQueary 4) If We All Rode Horses Like the Ones We Used to Ride by Pete Bennett 5) The Retirement of Ashtola by Larry McWhorter 6) Walkin' John by Henry Herbert Knibbs 7) A Second Chance by Tim Jobe 8) His Horses by Laurie Wagner Buyer 9) Sally by Tom Sharpe 10) The Pearl of Them All by Will Ogilvie 11) Equus Caballus by Joel Nelson 12) Racehorse by Jess Howard 13) Wanda Jill by Ellis Campbell 14) Spirits of Truth by Jen Hilts and Debra Coppinger Hill 15) Tempered Souls by Darin Brookman 17) Ridin' by Charles Badger Clark 18) A Good One by Wylie Gustafson CHAPTER TWO: JEST FER THE FUN OF IT 1) A Different Point of View by Dennis Gaines 2) The Parrot by Dallas McCord 3) The Christian Horse by Howard Norskog 4) Recipe for Rough by Dee Strickland Johnson 5) Oh Gawd by Bill Lowman 6) Small Towns by Ed Brown 7) Doctoring Worms by Georgie Sicking 8) Charlotte's Cow by Charlotte Thompson 9) Just Had to Run and Rope Him by RW Hampton 10) Our 10th Anniversary by Echo Roy 11) Dilly Wah Dilly by Paul Steuermann 12) Ol' Smoke by Jeff Streeby 13) Vera by Carmel Randle CHAPTER THREE: REFLECTIONS ON A LIFESTYLE 1) That No Quit Attitude by Waddie Mitchell 2) Oh~You~Cowboys by Sally Bates 3) Prayers by Deanna Dickinson McCall 4) Photographer's Eye by Barney Nelson 5) Priests of the Prairie by Linda Hasselstrom 6) One Moment, Please! by John Dofflemyer 7) Old Age by Yula Sue Hunting 8) Old Pets by Walt McDonald 9) The Sound of Spurs by Dick Gibford 10) Loss by Kent Stockton 11) We Were The Horsemen by Andy Wilkinson 12) Skysailing by Buck Ramsey 13) The Weir by Linda Hussa 14) Sonnets of the Sage by Karen Brown 15) Flying with the Eagles by Janet Moore 16) Rite of Passage by Jesse Smith 17) Midnights Are Mine by Lyn DeNaeyer Messersmith 18) When the Calves Come by Tom McBeth CHAPTER FOUR: FAMILY AND THE COMMUNITY OF COWBOYS 1) Jerry Ambler by Paul Zarzyski 2) Kitchen Window Cowboy by Jan Swan Wood 3) Love is Blind by Doris Daley 4) Hollyhocks by Audrey Hankins 5) Traditions by Sandy Seaton 6) Daddy's Bells by Colen Sweeten 7) Third Saddling by B. Lynne McCarthy 8) I Rode My Son's Horse This Morning by Gary Robertson 9) Ode To My Lady, My Wife by Sunny Hancock 10) A Scattering of Ashes by Vess Quinlan 11) The Last Fiddler at Frenchman's by Paul Schmitt 12) Lessons by Dan Schmitt LOOKIN' BACK DOWN THE TRAIL 1) Behold a Pale Horse by Mike Logan 2) The Day the Songbird Died by Red Steagall 3) Songs on the Nightwind by Virginia Bennett 4) How Far is Lonesome by Yvonne Hollenbeck 5) The Rider That Never Made Good by Rhoda Sivell 6) The Men That Don't Fit In by Robert W. Service 7) Memories by Ross Knox 8) Hallie Lonnigan by Tom Russell 9) The Old Prospector by Jack Hannah 10) Cariboo Road by John Hollis 11) The Cowboy's Reply by Wallace David Coburn 12) Tall In the Sidesaddle by Gwen Peterson 13) Hehaka ihanbiapi by Deb Carpenter CHAPTER SIX: CHARACTERS 1) The Perfect Tool by Darrell Arnold 2) Bad Cookin' by Lauralee Northcott 3) The Old Ranch Cook by Jack Walther 4) Cook's Revenge by Ray Hanzlik 5)The Stampede at Jenny's Cafe by Chris Isaacs 6) Share and Share Alike by Howard Parker 7) Clancy of the Overflow by Banjo Paterson 8) Banjo, May I Have This Dance by Marion Fitzgerald 9) Viejos by Bill Wood 10) Texas Braggin' by Andy Hedges 11) Grandpa's Early Mornin's by Gary McMahan 12) Second Thoughts by Pat Richardson BIBLIOGRAPHYFrom the Back Cover:
"Will I see you at Elko?" In 1985, a group of western folklorists organized the first coming-together of Cowboy poets in Elko, Nevada. Twenty years later, the Elko "family" is still gathering, laughing, singing, rhyming, and sharing in a weeklong feast of poetry. These are poems that make no excuses. They are honest, sometimes witty, sometimes touching, and always heartfelt. Combining enduring Western classics and new works that reflect the contemporary face of the West, this book celebrates twenty years of poetry sharing at The Gathering in Elko.
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Book Description Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11158685349X