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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
26176 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 18 Linda Hussa Native Myth The Serpent that lived in this valley carved a trough along the hills with his long tail dropping acid spore Clarence Degarmo, Pyramid Lake, rain, winter, gravel bar
26168 Blood Sister, I am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 9 Linda Hussa Pointillist I prefer the willow now in earliest spring when each new leaf is a small dot of green catkins only commas at the end of each leafy thought. willow, spring, leaf
26169 Blood Sister, I am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 10 Linda Hussa On A Clear, Cold Calving Night Before I leave the human world and enter the calving shed of muttering cows I stop and search bright stars for Orion improbable, errors, soul, stars
26170 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 11 Linda Hussa Rural Electricity - 1938 When the generator broke down the men had to milk the cows by hand. Sucking cups, hoses useless as 'tits on a boar,' they snorted. switch, scrub board, light
26171 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 12 Linda Hussa Accounts Payable Billy Fenwick sold a washboard one day at the Eagleville store. But for the life of him he couldn't remember who to. bill, charges, customers
26172 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 13 Linda Hussa Darby Creek prose
26173 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 15 Linda Hussa Comet Hyakutake So big, this lamb even though the ewe is past 15 and used to lambing time. She jams her head against a post in her despair. weak, 1996, lamb, stars
26174 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 16 Linda Hussa The Old Pair That crane with the bum leg is back, he told her as he washed his hands at the sink. She stood beside him peeling off long leaves quilt, wings, sky, mating
26175 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 17 Linda Hussa House Cats Spit soiled thread, clumsy knots, a sorry copy of the teacher's example you sewed buttons in the upstairs barracks Paiute boys, winter ice, sewing
26177 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 19 Linda Hussa Blue Bird He said, "There's a Blue Bird dead. Back there." We put the cattle through the gate and rode back to the place. soft, warm, blood, disappearing
26178 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 20 Linda Hussa Grandma, Moses Apples hanging from the lower limbs are plumb bobs that knock my head as I mow the grass underneath. featherbed, moonrise, sauerkraut
26179 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 22 Linda Hussa 3 R's He was the boy with the "C" grades and to this day doesn't figure himself very darned smart. He had hell in math class, buses, tardy, pop-quiz
26180 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 23 Linda Hussa John's Poem My Hero? he grinned. Casey Tibbs! From the time I was in high school. Nineteen, world champion bronc rider, Casey's crease, kettle, tea, newspaper
26181 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 25 Linda Hussa His Cowgirl Rides The Copper Horse Horse heads hung sleepy over stall doors in the narrow alley of the barn. She perched on the horseshoe keg. He leaned on college, marriage, boodlines, flying changes
26182 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 26 Linda Hussa Orbits Sometime after four, I start the coffee and take the puppies outside - two border collie pups with nearly impeccable astrologists, puppies, moon, sun, earth
26183 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 27 Linda Hussa Seven Cats In Ice Below zero dawn on my kitchen window sill seven barn cats wait. Some sit upright others tuck front paws underneath, humped, sharp ears, jackfrost candlewax
26184 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 28 Linda Hussa Surrender Fall came while we were away as if painters had brightened the worn clapboard siding with touches of scarlet Virginia Creeper path, photographs, cliff
26185 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 33 Linda Hussa Oat Crop Stub pencil on the fender the only man figured the seed- eighty pounds to the acre- all his last year's grain crop harvested, drill, hell, spring, seed, stock
26186 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 36 Linda Hussa The Neighbor The dogs didn't even bark when he drove into our front yard, struggled from behind the steering wheel. Standing up he's handshake, profit, lesson, hungry, butcher, hamburger
26187 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 42 Linda Hussa Downstream In that house across the field they accommodate God's will on a blackboard by the back door, a psalm to start the day freeze, overflow, flood, pond
26188 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 44 Linda Hussa New Mown Hay I mow the meadow. I mow the timothy. I mow clover. I mow thick leaf alfalfa. I mow pungent safe and wormwood, god, history, no rain, no siren, insects
26189 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 51 Linda Hussa Duck Flat My husband's grandmother left us a huge meat platter. Large enough to embrace a twenty pound roast, a leg of lamb whole ham, broth, glaze, lacy pattern
26190 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 52 Linda Hussa The Claim Is Set Lige tried to live an ordinary life but he was born to the Flat and it marks its own. Not all, but some. Pearl knew he Chappo, smell, cottonwood, Coppersmiths
26191 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 53 Linda Hussa Bell Ringer Doubtless a bonnet and bell identified the character of her caring as the work of the Lord but a widowed mother laundry, cribs, bouquet, weather
26192 Blood Sister, I Am To These Fields FC 11 H-56 54 Linda Hussa To Make Amends Pa's back moved in the rhythm of toil. On the work bench the pocketknife the boy borrowed from his father, stepped on waxy light, drill, blade, pommel