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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
26378 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 54 Badger Clark A Bad Half Hour Wonder why I feel so restless; Moon is shinin' still and bright, cattle all is restin' easy, but I just kain't sleep tonight. Ain't no cactus in my blankets, lonesome, dance, coffee, sing, dream
26379 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 55 Curley Fletcher The Sheepherders Lament I have summered in the tropics, with the yellow fever chill; I have been down with the scurvy; I've had every ache and ill. I have wintered in the Arctic, chinese, patience, misery, Spanish
26380 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 56 S. Omar Barker Watchin' 'Em Ride Isom Like was seventy-odd, Straight in the back as a steel ramrod, and the whiskers that growd on his leathery chin they bristled out instead of in. pine tree, pride, storybook, fence, cry
26381 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 58 S. Omar Barker Rain on the Range When your boots are full of water and your hat brim's all a -drip, and the rain makes little rivers dribblin' down your horse's hip, crash, quit, biscuit, cook, fire
26382 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 59 Jack Thorp Little Joe, The Wrangler Little Joe, the wrangler, will never wrangle more; His days with the remuda-they are done. 'Twas a year ago last April he joined the outfit here, A little Texas stray and all alone. canoe, cotton, married, poor, weather
26383 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 60 Georgie Sicking The Greatest Sport An old Nevada mustang as wild as she could be...I'll tell you all for sure, she made a gambler out of me. I forgot I was a mother, wife, mustang, weak, pretty, sport
26384 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 64 Gwen Petersen Saturday Night at Swamp Creek There's always a dance on Saturday at Swamp Creek School House Hall; The cowboys come from far and near like bulls when heifers bawl. brave, paint, numb, loud, snort
26385 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 65 Bruce Kiskaddon Our Boss He started young and he drifted far-the owner out at the Diamond-Bar. He has cattle grazing on many a hill, but down in his heart he's a cow-boy still. shelter, race, kill, joke, news
26387 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 68 Sue Wallis No Step for a Stepper Dad taught me how to swing a rope and step on colts hhow to eat a slicker-full, cowboy style tomatoes, peaches canned and sardines with a pocket knife hug, married, unborn, pride
26388 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 69 Sue Wallis Cattle, Horses, Sky and Grass Cattle, horse, sky and grass-these are the things that sway and pass before our eyes and through our dreams, through shiny, sparkly, golden gleams circle, bleed, earth, birth, death
26389 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 70 Linda M. Hasselstrom Beef Eater I have been eating beef hearts all my life. I split the smooth maroon shape lengthwise, open it like a diagram, chambers exposed. juices, fat, table, mistake
26390 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 72 Virginia Bennett The Road Most Often Taken Given the choice, I'll always take the trail toward the lofty ridges. Where the winds brush the pines' long needles and the timber rattlers hide. sinner, lingering, graze, elk
26391 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 72 Everett Ruess A Life A life is a mirror reflecting the road over which it passes. Sometimes when it rains the mirror itself is reflected in the road. life, rain, reflect, mirror
26392 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 73 Virginia Bennett Death of a Loner Gray tendril across a frozen cheek, she was found on the trail to the woodpile. Light dusting of snow blanketed her form and hungry cats eyed her body cabin, love, outcast, alone
26393 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 74 Allen McCandless The Cowboy's Soliloquy All day o'er the prairie alone I ride, not even a dog to run by my side, my fire I kindle with chips gathered round, and boil my coffee without being ground. pot, prize, bride, love
26394 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 75 Sunny Hancock Ode To My Lady, My Wife I had all my Christmas shopping done, all that I had to do, all that I had left to get this year was one small gift for you; The sort of thing I find with which is very simple doctor, mirror, weight, image, special
26395 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 78 Joel Nelson Scotty The Flaxen maned colt that had more cow than any three horses I ever rode Scotty who I named after Peter Scott-the Aussie-a good horse hand fever, journey, deal, buck
26396 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 80 Laurie Wagner Buyer His Horses I do not dream of him or the way he once held me, I dream of him and his horses- their names sliding through fingers of consciousness like butter-soft birthday, alive, meadows, candy
26397 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 81 William E. Black Jr. Your Silence Will Not Protect You Each day the world you saw bloom and grow has withered; Your hopes vanquished in a heat of indifferene and inaction of fear, in unechoing silence. haunt, pain, freedom, oppose
26398 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 82 John Dofflemyer Obstacles There are boulders even in dry creek beds, obstacles for water to flow around-make the sounds that soothe us so. sing, night, curse, music
26404 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 87 Bruce Kiskaddon That Letter I rode to that box a settin' on a post beside the trail, that our outfit used fur gettin' all their messages and mail. There I got a little letter and clever, spell, fight, mother
26400 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 82 John Dofflemyer Old Men So much needs not to be said. Old men grin with their eyes, save breath with a look of understanding, yet the preachers, teachers and poets go on and on, search, resonance, magic
26401 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 83 John Dofflemyer Calving Fields Blond on black, a filigree of empty shells on long stems bent to new life trembling in a breeze, the light and hollow grace of late spring rains, these wild oats arched, skeleton, coyote, mail, invitation
26402 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 84 Linda Hussa In the Evening Autumn As I rode out to check the cows calving the light came across the meadow low soft and in it I could see a shimmering of cobwebs moving in the breeze life, world, strands, silver, spiders
26403 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 85 Wally McRae The Disputed Epicure "What's your favorite cut of beef?" the highborn lady queried, of an old cowboy who long ago had grown both wise and wearied, of direct infernal questions egg, disgust, gross, protest