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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
26645 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 23 John C. Dofflemyer Just Living Small feet wandering beneath the pines beside a stream and always will memories cast in bedroom scenes there, vanity, traffic, civilized, trial, education
26646 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 24 John C. Dofflemyer Katie's Hug Santa barbara was my safe outpost between mules and an l.a. education cute and pensive Katie lent her hand and snyder's mules, obvious, outlast, kinship, freeway, rattlesnake, Katie Doctor
26650 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 26 John C. Dofflemyer Sleepless Nights It seems freshness finds some space before summer sunrise after sleepless nights and in the balance begins anew its quest for survival heat, sapce, reason, hungry, hawk, feel, fortunate, loneliness
26651 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 28 John C. Dofflemyer Passion Passion seems to strike those unfamiliar chords with urgent expectancy, be it animal-like in a pastoral setting or favor, apart, create
26655 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 30 John C. Dofflemyer Old Neighbor Past Eighty he finds a rock for a step before the stirrup and seat, he strains with the pains the years won't forget jess to hlep alone, hide, heart, weak, wild, die, dim
26652 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 28 John C. Dofflemyer Change Some of us are out to change our part of the world, but most are impacted rather than an impact; most changes necessitate an understanding of how things work, before, remain, change without
26653 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 29 John C. Dofflemyer Loneliness And those who live and die in loneliness, who find no worth within to give away, must surely dwell in torture and distress or measure all in terms of what we pay. unique, reflect, cure, endure, bear, success
26654 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 29 John C. Dofflemyer Addiction It seems addiction for recycled trees where I inspect prophetic innards dressed is split and spread on pages such as these and like as not there's forgot, hell, sell, worse, alternatives
26656 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 31 John C. Dofflemyer My Children My mem'ry serves to hold those youthful places, some dear ideals that dreamers can't resist, and I've not forgot the instance nor the faces coincidence, forest, proxy, speed, afraid
26657 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 32 John C. Dofflemyer Partners They had ridden trails together, they had rode off on their own, they had shaped the sides of leather thet the miles of trails had shone; everlasting, memories, aspire, ages
26658 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 33 John C. Dofflemyer A cowboy's Karma I long for the storm and the siren's cry that beckons the heart, the earth is dry; cracked clay with empty veins. What wild is wound in their whisper embraces, clarity, clouldess, soul, trauma
26659 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 34 John C. Dofflemyer A Sad Situation It's as sad a situation as a cowboy might be found, when a legal love relation finally runs aground; It hurts awhile, the loneliness, the emptiness inside confess, leaks, monsters, refuse, sink, love, sports
26660 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 36 John C. Dofflemyer Faith I find thet faith in men is oft divided, one now, the other left to the afterlife as if he of this presence has decided: there's nothin' left but misery and strife. God, sad, downtrod, ignore, absurd, advertises
26661 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 36 John C. Dofflemyer No Trail I do despair when herds' short sight declines but I cannot dispute ole john donne's claim and though i sep'rate write some lonley lines seduce, bless, friends, lonely, fear, strong
26662 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 37 John C. Dofflemyer Maverick Much like the Maverick calf thet smells the distant herd in trail dirt flaky shit with fresh piss in places still damp, i wander off the track to small, reflection, twist, bulbs, needle, relative, blades
26663 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 38 John C. Dofflemyer The Source There's ropers 'n dopers n' rodeo clowns, paradin' invadin' the gamblin' towns a packin' the rack in some rare catalog romancin' the change in to put on the dog. fakers,pretenders, spenders, resource, perceived, achieved
26664 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 39 John C. Dofflemyer My Moustache We measure poor in terms of cash, in ways we can't conceive but buy or sell this here moustache, no cents would it relieve. The old is trimmed by nervous teeth, Joel Nelson, follicles, hair, experience, common sense, fails, memory
26665 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 40 John C. Dofflemyer Luna-See A risin' moon in thin and passin' clouds illuminates in part, like lantern light, and wide, reflectin' best what it enshrouds a darkened way of goin' missed at night. disk, moment, choked, tears, perceive
26666 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 41 John C. Dofflemyer My Song Coyotes and cowboys tend to howl at the moon, either lonely or peaceful or a plain rowdy tune and to not hear the music nor sense what they feel chords, sing, alone, voice, choice
26667 Legacy Of The Land (1995 Second Printing) FC 11 B-74 18 Virginia Bennett Seduced By The Hunt The mad race along a timber-lined ridgetop with a scarcely-seen steer out in front. When, blindly, he dives into a rock canyon, you are're seduced by the hunt. instinct, race, success, fear, resist
26668 Legacy Of The Land (1995 Second Printing) FC 11 B-74 34 Virginia Bennett As You Ride As you ride the high sierra with your packstring and your pony and your heart beats strong and lonely like the waves upon the sea, does that eerie pull that drew us moonrise, campfire, flame, twilight sky, unforgotten
26669 Legacy Of The Land (1995 Second Printing) FC 11 B-74 66 Virginia Bennett Evil Are The Eavesdroppers He lifted his voice to the spider-webbed beams, then his tune would turn lazy and slow. As he combed the long manes of his work-horse teams, He'd sing songs that curry, grain, empty, clay, patch, chorus, remain
26670 Legacy Of The Land (1995 Second Printing) FC 11 B-74 76 Virginia Bennett Valued Hours The daylight hours have barely begun, when from the trailer, saddled horses bound salty girths are drawn up snug scarves adjusted and gingerly knotted. elevation, canyon, watershed, hillsides, channel
26671 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 42 John C. Dofflemyer Lost Legends In talk, you travel far and venture wide, in fact, you've quite enlarged your simple space, from where I sit it's been a longer ride jess keepin' things together 'round this place. past, company, ranch, retired, sight, view
26672 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 44 John C. Dofflemyer Mounted If a man is mounted long enough an' dodged his last demise, he gravitates to magic stuff, to myst'ry and surprise; where reason rests in timin' an' separate, flavor, rider, outsider, computer, trust