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FOLK COLLECTION 11: The Skaggs Foundation Cowboy Poetry Collection


Date of Items: 1890-present
Register Prepared by: Randy Williams and Susan Gross, April 2004
Register Updated by: Randy Williams, 23 December 2009
Excel database transfered to MYSQL and uploaded (replacing PHP data): Colin Jackson, Fall 2010
MYSQL database updated: Randy Williams, January 2012
Linear Feet:20


Historical Note & Provenance

Folk Coll 11 is Utah State University's cowboy poetry collection. The collection, originally created by a generation donation by the L. J. and Mary Skaggs Foundation, includes books gathered during a fieldwork project in the early 1980s to document cowboy poetry in the U.S. west (see Folk Coll 11f). From this important fieldwork project came the impetus for the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in January 1985 in Elko, Nevada. Since that time, each January, the Fife Folklore Archives staff take the collection and Access database (that details each book, poem, author, first line and key words), to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for offsite use. Through University purchases and generation donations from poets and collectors, this collection continues to grow.


Scope and Content

The collection consists of 20 linear feet of books on cowboy poetry, including press and self published works. The collection can be accessed through USU Libraries online catalog.


As well, poem titles and keywords found in each book in the collection are included in the database below. To use, type in the search term. Tip: Try and use an uncommon word from the poem to ensure less "hits." For instance, if you enter "boots" you will get many hits; but if you enter "bones" you will most liley get fewer "hits" or poems and find the item you seek faster. To return to the search page, click "home" at the bottom of the page.


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Poetry table.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
22135 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 77 Elman Card (1937) "What kind of life can you have if over three hundred boys and girls died when the school blew up while you played hooky? I was home, rubbing my arm with Absorbine, which also kills ringworm of the foot.
22136 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 78 John Wilkes Booth (1938) "Between Post and Clairemont there are, for one particular mile, as many fence posts as there are skinned wolves dangling off them, over two hundred nearly identical grimaces.
22137 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 79 Huron "Ted" Waters (1938) Huron "Ted" Waters (1938) "I never said I was some trigger-quick, matchless Lucky Luciano, Al Capone, or Dillinger. You got to go a caliber extra in the crime shindig to be Clyde Barrow or Miss Bonnie Parker.
22138 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 80 Milton Parker Looney (1994) "Light 'em if you have 'em": the fighting Nora's Navy Cross fire controlman is dying, lung cancer, hot as the Christmas lights as his niece's house. In delirium he is back on the Northampton, just before midnight near Guadalcanal.
22139 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 81 George Sibley Hartman Rocks I lift my eyes to these hills To see beyond gods and folly; I come out among these rocks To take peace in their absence of plan. In this thrust and boil of stone, Long cooled but still settling out.
22140 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 82 Hawks and Haying at Clarke's Ranch They seemed a team, symbiotic: The silent man on the John Deere, The hawk floating along behind, Waiting for something to dart out Of the over-rolled row of winnowed hay.
22141 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 83 On Driving Past the One Hundred Thousandth Roadkill These animals sleeping on the shoulder Will one day all wake up and take back the roads. The fish flushed in turbines will run Up the rubble of dams coming down; New feathers will grow through crude gunk.
22142 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 84 West Elks Haiku the old deacon spruce stood grim but its new greens laughed as they slapped me wet that clawed-up quakie's so old even her bear is some fifty yards dead.
22143 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 85 Larry D. Thomas Blue Norther When the wind barreled in, even the mesquite murmured, their roots of tempered steel creaking, clawing deep in the merciless Texas earth, their wood ornery enough.
22144 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 86 Forgotten Horseshoe In far West Texas, foundationed on a flank of the Guadalupe Mountains, just the weathered wooden shell of Williams Ranch.
22145 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 87 Near Pecos The land brown with drought, branches of mesquite twist to the breaking point. Fresh brands fester, itching the hides of Herefords whose bawling singes hairs.
22146 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 88 Night Goat The cold rock faces of sheer cliffs shudder, echoing the black arpeggios of bleating. He swaggers up the steep canyon as if he owns the place.
22147 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 89 Sierra Diablo Near Van Horn, Texas, in the desert, even the living is far more skeleton than flesh; a landscape of yucca flanking rib cages sandblasted, sun-bleached, immaculate.
22148 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 90 Mark Todd Mountain Roads The roads I like best struggle to bridge two points strung out rubber thin, like a hat ear to ear, its band tearing free from a warped-fitting brim.
22149 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 91 Like Sleep, But Brittle Like sleep, But brittle, a film that crackles from each toss to turn and then returns to the starch of wakefulness.
22150 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 92 Runaway well I'd unhooked the trailer just like I'd done a hundred times I chocked the wheels I set the block and cranked it off the hitch.
22151 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 94 Lori Van Pelt Snowy Range Moon In dusks's chiaroscuro while sunset drains the day's warmth we sip burgundy from crystal. Clad in down coats and wool socks, we wobble in lawn chairs on cushiony grass and watch constellations uncloack.
22152 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 95 Tardy Visitor to the Graveyard Two cocoons dangle from one budded branch of the Russian olive. Little lanterns yet unlit waiting for luminescence kindled by interior instinct.
22153 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 96 The Deaf Lady Sings Her garden delights the eyes-- cosmos, roses, irises swinging in the brisk rhythmic wind lilacs, poppies, tulips tapping white wooden picket fence.
22154 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 97 Dale L. Walker Eldorado Rough and Ready, serenely isolated among pines and oaks and blackberry brambles, the archetypal placer camp where the mind still sees weary men stirring from their bedrolls at daybreak.
22155 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 99 Richard S. Wheeler After I'm Gone Will she spread my ashes down in the park, the Lamar Valley, a place I loved where buffalo graze beneath a cloud-patched sky and wolves sun on distant ridges?
22156 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 100 Paul Zarzyski Cowboy Poet Barnstormer Eighty-nine copies of your latest alliterative lariati title crammed, sans remaining space for one anorectic, iambic molecule of mold or mildew, in the Samsonite Genuine Split Cowhide suitcase you wheedled out of your widow neighbor.
22157 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 102 Flowering Their rump hairs puffed, chrysanthemum antelope blossoms from beds into morning hoarfrost, the rancid scent of carnivore boring through the frozen air of their world so perfectly still.
22158 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 104 Photo Finish Because a horse cannot see its own nose, the bell mare stares at herself mesmerized in the mirroried glass vet clinic door--fixates so firmly she's distracted from her chronic pain.
22159 Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson FC 11 W-30 106 Reminders Cocktail-hour autumn sun accents every cat-- scratched inch of short stroke, each centimeter-deep groove she racked into Ranch Oak kitched table leg, a stick of asiago chesse or frozen butter.