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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
26405 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 88 Sunny Hancock The Horse Trade I traded for a horse one time, he wouldn't take no beauty prize; A great big long-eared, blue roan gelding, not too bad for weight or size. saddle, stories, skill, luck, barn
26406 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 90 Banjo Paterson In the Droving Days "Only a pound," said the auctioneer, "Only a pound; and I'm standing here selling this animal, gain or loss-only a pound for the drover's horse? poor, sea, honest, ill
26407 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 93 Hank Real Bird A Dream With ancient songs kept in time by a rawhide rattle, I sang songs of my people. The moon was bright but I wouldn't let her in, grass, moon, love, smile
26408 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 94 Joel Nelson Equus Caballus I have run on middle fingernail through Eolithic morning, I have thundered down the coach road with the Revolution's warning. nightmare, flower, beaten, vigilante
26409 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 96 J.B. Allen Kindred Spirits The spotted heifer missed the drive, and spent the winter free. Tho's freedom's price was willow bark, then sprigs of fillaree, tales, secret, free, wreck
26410 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 97 Rod Miller Spring Works Sonnet Scrub oak tangles on the slopes; only spots and specks of sunshine sneak in where the calf lies silent and lonely. Breaking branches become a buckskin instinct, insecurity, taste, smoke, sift
26411 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 98 Joel Nelson Breaker in the Pen There's a thousand year old story involving beasts and men. With one of each we set the stage and let the play begin. Take Eohippus' grandson patience, restricted, rattle, gold, seldom
26412 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 100 Katie Andraski Why Girls Love Horses The stallion grows out of my arm. About to cover a mare, he suckles the wind. The filly breathes close to me. I breathe in tune with her and become quiet sunlight, grass, church, rain, swallow
26413 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 101 Patty Barnhart Turquoise When I am an old horsewoman I shall wear turquoise and diamonds, and a straw hat that doesn't suit me. and I shall spend my social security on white wine jewel, smile, midnight, patient
26415 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 104 Henry Herbert Knibbs Walkin' John Walkin' John was a big rope-hoss, from over Morongo way; When you laid your twine on a ragin' steer, old John was there to stay. prime, hard day, boss, gentle, breakfast
26416 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 106 Linda Hussa Homesteaders, Poor and Dry The world was bone dry. I don't know why God would do such a thing. The field was bare as the floor and the springs nothin'-nothin'. crazy, knife, baby, hole, mule
26417 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 109 John L. Moore Observations on a Sunday Walk Home What we have here is burst of deer and over there a sliver of snakes; down by log a chorus of frogs, and a howl of hounds at our flanks; crows, cat, wind, squall, whoosh
26418 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 109 John L. Moore Miles City! You are the skull of a poorly wintered cow, poor as not prepared for storms you ignored by thinking them borders of your pastureland. god, laugh, retreat, vision, dying
26419 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 110 Shadd Piehl My Grandfather's and Father's Horses The two old-timers stand out west of town with maybe a few cows to share a bale and ground feed each morning. King, over thirty, is swaybacked, sale, shy, corral, float
26420 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 111 Leon Flick Fiddles There's something almost mystical in them magic fiddle tunes, like swans, a flyin' overhead, and callin' to the moon. Like a bull elk calls his challenge heaven, harp, keys, boys
26421 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 112 Larry McWhorter Trilogy for Cissy It's a breezy ten degrees, December 1985 the hooded rather slow-looking boy walks down the street, carrying an egg crate. Not a disturbing sight, but unusual. babysitter, tears, robotic, protective,
26422 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 114 Randy Rieman Leaving Camp Spring's a distant memory now the green grass turned to brown the scattered leaves of aspen trees blow golden' cross the ground beauty, cherish, sun, separate
26423 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 116 Carolyn Dufurrena Early Turnout to a Dry Spring All the promise of the new season withers in sullen gray clouds that refuse to share their moisture. we raise our eyes to the north, scan skies for a promise of rain, hollow, dust, grass, ridge
26424 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 117 Carolyn Dufurrena Blue Moon New Year's Eve One joyous hour skidding in falling snow her snow pants wild with butterflies, pink parka smackeroo of whooping joy skittering on turquoise plastic storm, Chinese, fireworks, moon, midnight
26425 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 118 Hank Real Bird Moon The movement of the wind is held high in the sky position of the moon to foretell what the clouds bring for us. The crescent return she, apogee earth, rain, snow, turn, moon
26426 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 120 Carolyn Dufurrena Old Cow Dog's Winter Steady rain soaks the morning, Gray curtain all but hiding nearer hills. Red hen forsakes her nest across the yard, scolds old Cookie season, cloud, bank, flowers
26427 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 121 Carolyn Dufurrena Family Branding Sunday afternoon, all the kids are roping slurping lemonade between throwing those big calves. Growing up fast, all of 'em. saddle, victory, flag, rope
26428 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 122 Joel Nelson Song of the Packer Down from the peaks and pinnacles, and up from the canyon floor, through passes and fountains of immature mountains where big-hearted rivers roar bells, trail, art, mule, nature, timber
26429 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 124 Joaquin Miller Crossing the Plains What great yoked brutes with briskets low, with wrinkled necks like buffalo, with round, brown, liquid, pleading eyes, that turned so slow and sad to you, tears, wine, captivity, bullocks
26430 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 125 Jack Walther Stealing a Pig We were at a livestock auction in a town called Jerome that is across the Idaho border, about 170 miles from home. A cow had calved last night highway, saleyard, traffic, shame