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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
26619 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 5 John C. Dofflemyer The Seasoning For company I ride evening out the High Sierra Trail, the 30-30 worn in scabbard, to thta bluffy stretch not chiseled rifle, memory, agony, death, forefeet
26620 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 7 John C. Dofflemyer Coloring The Wind I never thought to draw green lollipop trees nor could I finesse my "m's" to glide out of cottony clouds & envied how your crayons never strayed James W. Doctor, landscapes, honest, gentle, hope, curlicues
26621 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 8 John C. Dofflemyer The Creek The coming & going of the creek with Woodducks, the feathered chatter, the mini-flood of floating deadfall, watergaps, bleed, hurt, trade, hide, pocketbook, pissed-off
26623 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 10 John C. Dofflemyer Fishing I visit the people-side of Lake Kaweah as summer evening shimmers on blinding ribbons to pink Sierra teeth & find Happy Jack ski boat, beer, power, focus, pole
26624 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 11 John C. Dofflemyer Decoys In Fog Waiting for Widgeon & Woodducks, the willow's drip hangs miserably cold from the branch shedding yellow leaves fog, God, feathered, pray, bad boys
26625 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 12 John C. Dofflemyer In Rust We Trust Unwrapping a Great Blue Heron from a trout line of twenty #4 Eagle Claws took two men & a boy to wrestle still to snip gullet, hope, Iron, oxidize, effort
26626 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 13 John C. Dofflemyer Coyote Logic The frontier rhyme came at a time of space & wild connections. & who'd suppose these Wrangled clothes would opt for new directions. profit, bar, beer, song, die, lie
26627 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 14 John C. Dofflemyer Docs No Sox Head pitched loose he picks his way uphill through shale & granite obstacles you see the crooked line constantly redrawn find your eyes slip, discount, vision, dance, ropes, tune, trust
26628 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 15 John C. Dofflemyer The Ledger Sheet The dollar multiplies by the pound then by the head in my mind to stand against the interest & principal, the cost of feed on California ranch, rockpile, butterfly, deer, hillsides, corral
26629 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 16 John C. Dofflemyer Two Hawks The Cooper's Hawk squints down his hooked beak to the drought-slicked ground focusing, fixed on new dirt that begins to move. shelter, sycamore, cobbles, limbs, abandoned maze, tunnels
26636 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 15 John C. Dofflemyer Muses Of The Ranges Somewhere roughshod we ride in numbers small to cling to hrses mane and slide aboard. Our city for life, the distant cattle call, we come to hear the last poetic word. exercise, sleep, survive, dream, spirit, Elko
26631 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 17 John C. Dofflemyer Bringing Home A Bull Riding Rodeo Cowgirl Night Shirt For Teresa From The Reno Airport During my double Bloody Mary layover sucked down with cigarettes sequestered to an inch-thick plastic fishbowl cubicle Trailhead, Trading Post, misdress, token, appetites
26632 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 18 John C. Dofflemyer Exercise In Excess I squeeze the last drop from each lemon, chew the rind & measure love to any intensity, even to the surety of solitary silence. clarity, eagles, tears, cloud, desire, power, canyon
26633 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 19 John C. Dofflemyer A Brand Of Sure Salvation Trimming the fat bloodlessly for the cerebral surgery which changes 'ass to grass" is a lost cowboy art without the celestial sign. neighbors, twine, ride, invincible, survive, offspring, Blake Allmendinger
26634 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 20 John C. Dofflemyer Sierra Lake Girl My sense of the river spills over granite smoothed to narrows beneath a Sierra lake, some generic snow-shored scoop hidden Keith Wilson, isolates, reasonable, shield, strange, sun
26635 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 21 John C. Dofflemyer Muzzle Flash We may have dimmed andy's stargaze with consumptive electricity, may have eben dulled their power with dollar-bought genius 20th Century, love, insane, brain, burden, reflection
26637 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 16 John C. Dofflemyer Somethin' Thet You Said And I've been chasin' rainbows forty years, the kind thet's wet an' never disappears; Not sure who put these notions in my head? nightmares, dreams, persevere, rainbow, mom, dad
26638 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 17 John C. Dofflemyer Rusty Down the way gone reverently 'round the way ahead patiently dad's red horse and yesterday lie still at the endge of the road springs, field, calves
26639 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 17 John C. Dofflemyer Poem #3 A coldness starker than this cold night grasps my essence everything to make me bolt away from civilized hurt and cultivated knowledge, laugh, wild, Indian, bluecoat army
26640 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 18 John C. Dofflemyer Alder Creek Running between two aging alders and beneath a fallen fir a silvery stream of changing waters makes a path obscure. stones, mud, winter, silent, river
26641 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 19 John C. Dofflemyer A Men's Ry Mem'ry holds where the vision fails boxcars full of heads and tails in colors cast from black to white through weathered boards leak, wrinkles, nag, rainbow, strong, asphalt
26642 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 20 John C. Dofflemyer Twenty Years Twenty years between one war and the next I am alive neither man nor boy but both. A man's brow perhaps receding hair and child, older, growing, singing, heart, oak
26643 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 21 John C. Dofflemyer Fox Sox 'N Bonds TIme took the best the brown mare had to give. Her middle years, she seldom got relief. I pushed her hard, the way a young man help, fears, arena, wraps, compute, pain
26649 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 25 John C. Dofflemyer Gentle Teacher He was no gentle teacher, his father never praised and I fear I've done as poor with a son thet's prit near raised. He may never need to gather the strays rush, folks, gone, short-cut
26644 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 22 John C. Dofflemyer Calves Cold dark morning frozen blades and a shiver from an empty night dimming stars trying to beat the sun to hilltops on horseback reddened rays alive, suffer, dawn, steam, doubt, lost, instinct, care, love