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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
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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
26272 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 49 William Henry Ogilvie The Pearl of Them All Gaily in front of the stockwhip the horses come galloping home, leaping and bucking and playing with sides all a lather of foam; journey, gay, promise, tears
26273 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 50 Jim Sagel Talking Horses Uncle Steven rolls his own as we sit in the last sun under skeeletal alamos and talk horses how his bitch of a mare throws everyone except him horse races, wins, Indians, San Juan
26274 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 52 S. Omar Barker A Cowboy's Christmas Prayer I ain't much good at prayin' , and you may not know me, lord- I ain't much seen in churches where they preach Thy Holy Word, but you may have observed me out here on the lonely plains, miracle, freedom, hearts of men, tears
26275 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 53 Katie Andraski Lunging a Filly As I swiveled behind my coming yearling I watched how she eased around me like water over cobbles. She flowed away from me like I was a hill. ducked, salmmed, kicks, joy
26276 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 54 Ted Kooser A Winte Morning A farmhouse window far back from the highway speaks to the darkness in a small, sure voice. Against his stillness, only a kettle's whisper, small, blue, flame, ring
26277 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 55 Linda Hussa Sheepherder Basco boy, you left your sheep bedded walked the many ridges through a dark where lightning warned you back to stand outside the homesteader cabin rain, teacher, dance, dogs
26278 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 57 Joan Shaddox Isom Companions When Old Age raps on my window and beckons with bony finger, I'll not follow her behind closed shutters to measure out my life with nose drops dignity, popsicles, song, dusk, cry
26279 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 58 Buckeye Blake Between Brandings Ibuprofen and Early Times, a frozen slab of home-cured bacon wrapped in a clean white T-shirt tucked in the hollow of your back dulls the knife cortisone, surgery, lumbar
26280 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 59 Carolyn Dufurrena Bog Hot Meadow/First Pass Silence cocoons the morning stretches the horizon snow on ridges blue with distance coiling ribbon of dust across the valley: sky, earth, salt grass, trot, gates
26281 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 60 Bruce Kiskaddon The Time to Decide Did you ever stand on the ledges, on the brink of the great plateau and look from their jagged edges on the country that lay below? patient, vision, pity
26282 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 62 Carolyn Dufurrena Fixing the Spring High in a granite notch an avalanche of wild roses hides the springbox. I balance on sharp boulders poling up between hummocks in the bog, water, chuffing, icy, livestock, antelope, deer
26283 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 63 Robert Frost To the Thawing Wind Come with rain, O lound Southwester! Bring the singer, bring the nester; Give the buried flower a dream; Make the settled snowbank steam; melt ice, window, crucifix
26284 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 65 William Henry Ogilvie The Men of Open Spaces These are the men with the sun-tanned faces and the kneen far-sighted eyes- the men of the open spaces, and the land where the mirage lies. fire, drought, mate, throne, pride
26285 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 66 Henry Lawson Down the River I've done with joys and misery an' why should I repine? There's no one knows the past but me an' that ol' dog o' mine. We camp an' walk, an' camp an' walk, smoke, dog, sunset, johnny-cake
26286 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 67 Luci Tapahonso All I Want All I want is the bread to turn out like hers just once brown crust soft, airy insides rich and round that is all. flour, bowl, dough, windy
26289 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 70 J.B. Allen Grist There's a place back in them hills that's sorta hid and hard to find where a spring of crystal water leaves the rock and starts to wind greed, justice, green, illness
26288 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 68 Buck Ramsey The Slipper Waltz The Meeting; Kid Tybo Tremain of the old Star Cross outfit had yet his last measure to grow, but he rode like a tick on brush country cow dog dream, angle, silly, felon
26290 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 71 Buck Ramsey Child of the Plains I write from trees and mountain rocks; There aren't too many on your plain; I think of you and think of grass that covers place and place again star, trees, sight, kind
26291 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 73 Luci Tapahonso Blue Horses Rush In Before the birth, she moved and pushed inside her mother. Her heart pounded quickly and we recognized the sound of horses running: the thundering of hooves on the desert floor. baby, moonlight, Idaho, Montana, Chamisa Bah Edmo
26294 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 75 Savanna Scout Cox Pack Mule I'm a strong girl I can throw bags of salt over one shoulder I can pick up propane bottles and baby calves I pushed the door open like Atlas emotion, stumble, scar, stubborn, resilient
26293 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 74 Luci Tapahonso Sheepherder Blues "Went to NCC for a year," she said, "was alright. There was some drinking, fights. I just kept low. It was alright" surprise, Gallup, Oklahoma City, bus
26295 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 76 Larry McWhorter Waitin' on the Drive It's four o'clock when the cook's bell calls, Raisin' cowboys up from their dream. I pull on my boots and watch the red dust come puffin' up through the worn seams. wagon, fog, caprock, drive
26296 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 78 Vess Quinlan The Crossing Rolling east in a brand new, black and green, Ford 1951 with Uncle Dell and Helen. I am past ready for real adventure. Colorado, graduate, antelope, cattle
26297 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 79 Vess Quinlan Futures She watches him practice making his loop land flat and open around the salt block. He will soon be heading steers for his daddy at jackpot ropings burn, action, borken bones, smile, tobacco
26298 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 79 Vess Quinlan Passing the Mantle How small he was and how he struggled with the work; He irrigated, fed, doctored, and learned, as I had, the difference between right and close, approval, strange, simple, passage, son