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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
26352 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 152 J.B. Allen Metamorphosis He slipped on his slicker and stepped off the porch to a world made of water and wind the hail beatin' tunes on his battered old hat wagon, life, light, cowpony
26353 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 155 S. Omar Barker Watchin' Him Drink When you ride a horse to water, slack the reins and let him drink, you can learn a heap about him that you maybe might not think. prize, iron, pool, lazy, dumb
26354 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 160 Laurie Wagner Buyer I Feared Most the Willows I feared most the willows that bend where slough met ridge where willows grew tall, dark cover for the black moose who bedded there. vicious, charge, frightful, newborn
26355 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 3 C.J. Hadley Site and Sound prose
26357 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 10 Wally McRae A Woman's Place "A woman's place is in the home." That always has made sense. They're just not built for riding broncs, nor fixin' barbwire fence. smile, unkind, dope, gut, strange
26358 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 12 Bill Jones The Cook's Revenge Cookin' ain't no easy job, if anyone should ask. And cookin' for a cowboy crew is a downright thankless task. fault, pie, cuisine, skunk, critters
26359 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 13 Jesse Smith Message in the Wind As you set and look down from the ridge to the valley of green below, you reach up and pull down yer lid as a cool wind starts to blow. rabbits, pony, bear, hide, meadow
26360 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 16 Sue Wallis Lead Mare That woman there she can be a lead mare has watched horses so long and so well she can tell what goes on in their minds saddle, Kentucky, outfits, crowd, quit
26361 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 18 Shadd Piehl Riding Song I sit my horse in circles on a hill of half-buried stone hoops, the forgotten remains of nomad lodges. flowers, eagle, whisper, stories, forever
26362 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 19 Rod Miller Buckaroo In chinks and wild rag, silver spurs, battered hat, leather cuffs, and vest he smells of latigo, horse sweat, and sage, this postcard of the West. rain, snow, blood, saddle, food, wagon, job
26363 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 20 William Henry Ogilvie Hoofs of the Horses The hoofs of the horses!-Oh! witching and sweet is the music earth steals from the iron-shod feet; care, disappointment, memory, rhythm
26364 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 22 Baxter Black The Buckskin Mare He was every burnt out cowboy that I'd seen a million times with dead man penny eyes like tarnished brass that reflected accusations of his critics and his crimes luck, attack, war, explode
26365 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 26 Rod Miller Migrations I hear them in the evening winging northward- their eager, maybe longing, kind of sound. It reminds me that we'll soon calves, skies, echoes, urgent, cries
26366 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 28 Larry McWhorter Black Draught "Good Lord, what a dink" I thought as the boss said, "Put that black colt in your string." I'd rode lots of buds hide, team, beer, broken heart, dream
26367 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 30 Leon Flick The Code I learned my ways with cattle, from the men full wise to battle. They used snaffle bit, and hackamore, and spade. forgive, saddle, buckaroo, deal
26368 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 34 Baxter Black Range Fire Lighting cracked across the sky like veins on the back of your hand. It reached a fiery finger out as if in reprimand bear, deer, puppet, mistrust
26369 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 38 Waddie Mitchell The Real Dirt on Elmer Elmer really isn't liked much by us neighbors or his peers for he's pulled his shady dealings and shenanigans for years still, idea, spa, cured, absurd, grace
26370 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 39 E.J> Kirchoff Smart Dogs The talk in Wilbur's stable was of dogs that fellers had. Was some sure dandy good ones and some others that were bad. pheasant, bark, snooze, sheep
26371 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 40 S. Omar Barker What's a Bronco? They asked me "What's a bronco!" since they seemed to crave to know. I kinder chawed it over, then I fed it to 'em slow. "A bronc," I says, pioneer, spin, pitch, action, chestnut
26372 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 42 Vess Quinlan By Any Other Name Just short of sixty-five eating nitro like peppermints cranky and cynical he knew firsthand what poverty can do to a man cowboying for rich folks taught him what money does. wisdom, doctor, heart, spooky, shy
26373 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 44 Bruce Kiskaddon The Little Blue Roan Most all of you boys have rode hosses like that. He wasn't too thin but henever got fat. The old breed that had a moustache on the lip; pinyon, smoke, critter, mistake
26374 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 46 Buck Ramsey Anthem And in the morning I was riding out through the break of that long plain, and leather creaking in the quieting would sound with trot and trot again. nest, mother, bless, breeze, dream
26375 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 48 Luci Tapahonso Yes, It Was My Grandmother Yes, It was my grandmother who trained wild horses for pleasure and pay. People knew of her, saying: she knows how to handle them. cowgirl, smell, sweat, kitchen, careless
26376 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 49 Mary Austin Night Lambing "So it is that here and there, one sees a shepherd making rounds with a lantern through the night, and in a flock of three to five hundred pasture, peer, ewes, meridian
26377 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 52 Larry McWhorter The Red Cow "I almost put my rope on her once but then I thought it through. I had my day in the sun long ago so I left her for someone like you." bunkhouse, reputation, pride, death, pests