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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
23113 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 28 Gary Anderson Scours Ain't no worse sight to see, Then a baby calf with scours. Pick him up and pack him home, Gotta watch him by the hours. Chances are slim to none, When a bad case has been found.
23114 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 29 Gary Anderson Wyoming Weather Went to bed the other night, It was colder than it had been. Just got to sleep and got woke up, Here came that big ol' wind! Went out to check the cows at three,
23115 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 29 Gary Anderson Captain Hook The place that I am working now, You should really come and look! The Boss man tries to catch those calves, With an old time used sheep hook!
23116 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 30 Gary Anderson The Cutter's Last Request Said the Devil to this Cutter, "Son, it's not quite clear, What you did wrong on that earth, To get sent to me down here". "We've got nobody by your name,
23117 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 32 Gary Anderson Night Out Had a different situation, 'Bout a year or two ago. Went out to check the heifers, It was cold and blowing snow. It was dark as the ace of spades, And I'd forgot my light.
23118 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 33 Gary Anderson Rope-A-Dope I'll tell you a sad story, That I hope you will believe. It isn't nuthin' but the truth, So don't get up and leave. You see I take a lot of pride, In the way I can throw that rope. The one that I have now I've named,
23119 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 34 Gary Anderson The Visit Went to town to see the dentist, As I set down in his chair, Said he "This won't hurt at all. While I check things out in there." The Assistant came into the room, Shook her head and took a look.
23120 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 36 Gary Anderson Evenin' Chores I worked on this place one time, Where we checked the cows all night. The Boss said if we're to do a job, We'd better do it right. We'd put them cows in the corral,
23121 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 37 Gary Anderson Utter Confusion Boys, I've had a tuff time, It just don't quite seem fair. I've had a real doozy, Enough to pull my hair. Started out at 6 o'clock in the morning, Burnt the bacon, broke the yokes,
23122 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 38 Gary Anderson Phone Call A salesman called the other night, Upon the telephone A book he said he'd send to me, For ten days free at home.
23123 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 38 Gary Anderson Poet-Tree I've looked around a lot to see, This thing called a Cowboy Poet-Tree. Although I've set a lot of posts in the ground, This poet-tree I've never found.
23124 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 39 Gary Anderson Cowboy's Revenge Was working on a ranch one time, Down ol' Saratoga way. Started preggin' cows that fall, On a place they call "TA". Now the TA Ranch is quite a place,
23125 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 11 Virginia Bennett In the Canyon of the Forgotten Hawkshadow skims gracefully over the land,, Filling jackrabbit's heart with dread. . .He leaps, mindless of ancient travois tracks, And races through the twisting riverbed
23126 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 13 Virginia Bennett Songs on the Nightwind Pennies saved on a roughcut shelf Safely hidden in a Log Cabin tin Behind a Clabber Girl can, it seemed a sweet place To be banking daydreams in.
23127 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 17 Virginia Bennett Such Control With just one movement of the hands, One mindless lifting on the sash, Across the peeling window sill, The world rushes in, in a flash.
23128 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 18 Virginia Bennett Darn Hard Days We were too darn busy to stop and think. Survival demanded full attention to our chores. Too tired, even to see our country on the brink Of involvement in the War to end all wars.
23129 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 20 Virginia Bennett Social Justice In an orange grove outside of Phoenix An artificial forest where pesticides dwell, Migrant workers pick hard-luck dreams. Hot, sweaty days spent in a hazy Hell.
23130 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 22 Virginia Bennett Nature Lessons Just ask the summer range rider. He'll tell you it's actual fact. For he's been in those high, moutian meadows, He'll tell you it's nothing abstract. His pony has trotted the rutted trails.
23131 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 24 Virginia Bennett Ah, Pacifica! Tree branches, heavily laden with velvet moss, arbored over the two-laned paved road Like an entrance to some Hobbitt-filled sanctuary, where a myriad of magical streams flowed.
23132 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 26 Virginia Bennett On the Brink of Forever I cannot explain the why of it, I barely know the how. And were it not for God's good speed. I'd not be telling you now. . .
23133 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 31 Virginia Bennett All That is Left At the mouth of a redrock canyon, near the base of a sandstone cliff, She stands there, a skeleton ssentinel, with branches arthritic and stiff.
23134 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 33 Virginia Bennett The Dead Yearling The low growth bushes had just started to bud and the first blades of grass began to appear. As my mare picked her way through the rocks and the mud wearing her first set of shoes for the year.
23135 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 37 Virginia Bennett Tapestry of Knots In the quiet time of morning., when the moon is going down, She builds a cookstone fire with yesternews from town
23136 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 40 Virginia Bennett Susan's Piano She told me it happened one Spring morning, as she sat in her house by the lake, ,With the door opened to the music of nature and a spirit in tune with the notes geese make.
23137 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 42 Virginia Bennett Love at La Trot Beneath a rusted roof of steel, and while clutching a calico cat, mary Ann's barn-lofty position offred her privacy not easily found.