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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
27049 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 329 Will Ogilvie My Hat! The hats of a man may be many inthe course of a varied career, and some have been devilish dear; But there's one that I always forgotten, fire, desire, wish
27050 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 331 Will Ogilvie The Flickering Fire The day long dreaded is with me now, and the blood in my veins runs cold and slow, for the lustiest spirit to Time must bow when the flickering fire of Life burns low. desire, flame, beauty, hope, flare
27051 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 332 Will Ogilvie From-"Hearts Of Gold" I have woven a verse from the glory Australia sheds on her plains; I have stolen her heart for a story and crossed it with rowel and reins; battle, camps, reels, mystical spell
27052 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 7 Marleen Bussma Is She Country? What makes a woman country? Is it all in how she preens with rhinestones on the pockets of those clingy tight-fit jeans, or turning country music paradise, impatient, pool, rest, icy grip, Emma Ehmann
27053 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 9 Marleen Bussma Saturday Specials Carl Wilke owns a grocery store. He has more money than most and can afford to hire help. His customers grudgingly co-exist with the Depression barefoot, lake, edible, drone, farm
27054 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 10 Marleen Bussma Little Shadow She loved fresh air and sunshine while escapin' household chores and tagged along behind her dad while he did work outdoors. An errand had her runnin', Harry Ehmann, comfort, skeletons, mother, father, memories
27055 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 12 Marleen Bussma Picking Up The Pieces The wet spring showed up wearing black four-buckle overshoes. Dry winds mopped up the ground and now the planting can be done. pedigree, determination, North Dakota, church
27056 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 14 Marleen Bussma Marriage Counseling I'll admit that free advice on matrimonial success breeds much faster than the barnyard cats that frolic to excess. But I've got a word of caution for you alarm, refrigerator, guarantee, manual, acquired
27057 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 15 Marleen Bussma Slow Burn "You ain't doin' nuthin', are ya?" were the words she loathed to hear blarin' from her husband's lips atop his horse so cavalier. He sits ser' ous on his gelding that stands sixteen hands or superior, indoors, unkind, ditch, twitch
27058 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 18 Marleen Bussma Looking For Sunshine The bruised complexion of the morning sky matched Maynard's mood. Persistent worry sought him our and sideline quietude. The count from yesterday was forty short. family, chore, destroy, disease, pity, a Utah cowman
27059 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 20 Marleen Bussma The Rodeo A lazy Sunday afternoon rests in the summer sun. Nine juvenile siblings hope to rustle up some fun. No adult supervision will determine what they do. sport, toys, skills, stealth
27062 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 22 Marleen Bussma The Phantom's Lure His four feet pound the thirsty dirt that paints the fence posts gray. The wind weaves fingers pullng through his mane and tail's display. motivates, fearlessness, liberty, desert, past
27063 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 23 Marleen Bussma The Tenderfoot He throbbed with pain in places that he didn't know he had. His days of steady straddlin' that ol' jughead had him clad in saddle sores that stung and sent him seekin' some relief. spice, mice, fire, homicide, hell, spell
27064 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 25 Marleen Bussma The Saddle Shop The heavy scent of leather, light on nostrils, fills the air and drifts like fog outside the open doorway, unaware it beckons to the passers-by with smells of luxury Holyoak Saddle Shop, perfume, radio, decor, chores, butterfly
27065 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 27 Marleen Bussma The Bakken Bovine Beauty Spa As red ruminatin' Ruthie roams the pasture rich and green it is twilight in the Bakken and it's not a peaceful scene. Oil crews are workin' nonstop spa, finance, beauty, stress, frame
27066 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 29 Marleen Bussma The Choice The morning sun has painted rouge upon the canyon walls, neglecting deep dark crevices and secrets they could hide. A red tailed hawk surfs lazy breeze, footprints, lair, slab, Wickenburg, Arizona
27067 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 31 Marleen Bussma The Cowboy's Handbook The saddle creaks in rhythm to the gelding's steady gait. The sun sends soothing warmth as horses slowly ambulate descending copper mountain on a chilly, danger, fear, mortal eyes, flee
27068 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 33 Marleen Bussma Country Melody The lightning hammers edges of the mountains dim and dark. It splits the clouds with searing fingers burning bright and stark. Loud thunder rides along as sidekick suit, breeze, spurs, bay, storm clouds
27069 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 34 Marleen Bussma The Broken Spur Cafe Scarred, weathered hands pull back five chairs that scrape a well-worn floor. Bent bodies slowly kiss cold seats, old age hard to ignore. The daily cafe campfire blazes rugged men, church, hesitate, smoke
27070 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 36 Marleen Bussma Fence Feud It started way back in the spring the day that he was born. His mama broke right through the fence. Her hide was scraped and torn. Her plan to get away and rop her calf far from the herd scrub, patient, dentist, attire, career, Kalmbach's farm
27071 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 38 Marleen Bussma She Was Reckless She dazzled with her beauty and her quuick intelligence. Admired for her duty and her level headed sense she made herself at home in camp flame, combat, bullets, whiskey, outpost vegas, reckless
27072 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 41 Marleen Bussma A Spotted Past Hooves striped and swift respond in answer to a cowboy's touch. The appaloosa's agile body spirals without much direction from the rider as his instinct moves the herd. danger, war, bison hunt, breed, skill, kill
27073 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 43 Marleen Bussma The Pilfering Poet He wears a linen duster as an icon of his trade that sanctions theft and thiev'ry in his cold corrupt crusade. He bears a grudge toward business threats, toxic, regrest, novel, rumor
27074 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 45 Marleen Bussma Cowboy Etiquette Have you ever noticed how a real cowboy will tip his hat, how he takes it off his head indoors no matter where he's at? This authentic country cowpoke's codes immune, dusty years, dead, duck, debts, disguised
27075 Is She Country? FC 11 B-76 47 Marleen Bussma Old Joe The sun has paid attention radiating scorching heat that coats and shrouds the landscape like a buckskin-colored sheet. A road twists through the chaparral then slithers out of view trip, spare, disbelief, peaceful