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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
27206 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 8 Bill Wood Fleeting Moments A quarter-mile from the ranch house lookin' off toward ol' Sand Creek a 'top a high divided a lonely rider gazes out at a stretch of open prairie homestead, lonely, pride, successes, veteran
27207 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 10 Neil Meili Round Up It's about the hardest dirtiest best work a man can get. The pride of the heeling rope, thrown snake quick from a good horse and the slow steady pull; desire, hot irons, old fence
27208 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 11 Neil Meili Memories Of Three Or Four I remember being nestled in that old ranch kitchen, deep in the warmth of washday monday. The maytag's liquid sound mixing with the gentle driving chugs gas engine, laundry, safely, heartbeat, rhythm
27209 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 12 Teresa Jordan Beyond Conflict You are neighbors whether you want to be or not, because the land itself unites you. It links you as you both walk on it today, and you will both lie in it together Navajo, demographic sense, anger, intimately, competence, body language
27210 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 24 Laurie Wagner Buyer The Bus To St. Ignatius How many times going and coming have i tallied the miles on this bus to St. Ignatius? Going Friday afternoon when pallid sun fails to brighten Bozeman snow, camp, beauty, Indian, highway, haircut
27211 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 26 C.J. Berkman The American Dream My country, 'tis because of thee that I sit tonight in a vacant South Texas pasture beside a muggy stock tank, drink straight whiskey from the bottle, loan, cash, quit, gentle, honest
27212 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 28 Ron Chappell Tonight!...Telluride! Down the Escalante in the early snows of spring comes a one-armed cowboy pushing ponies, wild and lean. "Mustangs! Mustangs!" pleasures, thunder, conspired, freezing wind, fate
27213 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 30 Myrt Wallis Boots She sat back on the edge of the raised flower garden and sighed. The rock edging was sun warm and felt comforting. Remembering his strong, brown, scarred hands laying these rocks, she began to cry. flower, medication, astonishment, painful, judgment
27214 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 33 Laurie Wagner Buyer Geese Chopped ice melts on the stove, to wash, then wring, then hang the cloths that stiffen like disjointed scarecrow limbs. I eat fried slices of a deer's heart and watch long icicles mirror leaden sky, farewell, numb, ribbon, drift
27215 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 33 Laurie Wagner Buyer She Waits The land was never ours for all our wanting. We came, desired, took. We never asked. Like a woman taken, left, she remains silent, scarred, alone in an aloness we cannot feel wrinkle, skirt, apron, complexion, undiscovered
27216 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 34 Larry McWhorter A Trilogy For Cissy It's a breezy ten degrees, December 1985. A hooded, rather slow looking boy walks down the street carrying an egg crate. Not a disturbing sight, but unusual. resist, fetch, enthusiastic, idle, dollars, drizzly, babysitter
27217 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 37 Jim Hammons Practicality "If he humps up to buck, step down and kick him in the belly." Were the rancher's word to the green cowboy on a cold morning words neither cruel or kind, motivated, survive, waste energy, broken hand
27218 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 38 Joe Greig Booge This ranch hand strode into the room at the end of a long hard day, where we were waitin' supper and a chance to draw our pay. His hair was long destiny, voice, tame, technique
27219 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 40 Jim Shelton Thou, Beautiful Above All Women High in the Sierra Madres lies a place of which I dream -- A meadow flat in a pine-clad canyon at the head of a mountain stream. There are trout there in the water, camp, creep, Spanish tongue, paradise, spirit
27221 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 42 Peggy Godfrey Real Wealth My neighbors don't live close to me but we've each got our niche government says this area's poor our secret is: we're rich. My wealth won't buy insurance cottonwoods, rainbow, pain, gold, diamonds
27222 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 43 Ruthie Clark Cajun Cowboy Come travel down south to Acadian. To the bayous of south Louisiane. Where the mud is the dust of a humid land. That evolved the breed of Cajun cowman. He is maybe part human, luck, pistol, snow, sweetheart, starrs
27223 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 44 Sue Wallis Jenny Jo In the night she stands and fiddles by the window of the cabin while her sweetheart rustles cattle from the rivers to the West never knowing, never caring barn, springtime, moon, music, loyal mind
27224 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 46 Paul Zarzyski The Roughstockoholic's "Just-One-More-Last-One" Blues What I would pledge for one more horse? I'd drive a Rambler, scrap the Porsche, I'd swear off beef and live on borscht, and I'd improve my rhymes, of course-- I'd dee-vorce free-verse for that horse. asset, Nikes, moon, cannon, vow, kiss
27225 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 48 John C. Dofflemyer Traveling LIght Like a leafless oak sentinel silhouetted on a near ridge, nothing is more apparent than the fact that twenty-first century man is a victim of his environment. ambition, productive, evolution, aspiration, foundation
27226 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 50 Jon Forrest Glade Route 138 Near St. Stephens Mission the asphalt is stained with cheap white wine and the blood of Arapahoes. Stumbling in the dark, looking for an answer, happy, hunt, headlights, blood
27227 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 51 Jim Green The Morgan Place On Dry Wood Creek What was his name, that guy who bought the old Morgan homestead to raise draught horses when almost everybody had gone over to tractors? winter, floorboards, beam, spring
27228 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 52 Jim Green Mr. A.B. McMurdo, Bookkeeper, Fraser & McRoberts Hardware Just received your warm letter about my thirteen year old bill. You said you thought the bill could have been paid a long time ago and you couldn't understand barn, horses, credit, sky high, fortune, bank
27229 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 54 Peggy Godfrey Hey, Cowboy I may not have your anatomy nor weigh the pounds you do but, fella, let me tell ya I'm not in awe of you. Winters are cold to both of us age, heifers, sex, labor, polite, irrigation water
27230 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 55 Lisa Quinlan You Ask If I was lonely as a little girl and I think about the question and the word lonely. I'd run as fast as I could through waist high hay fields and count how many times the thick, pretend, lambs, smell, orphan, tangled
27231 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 58 B. Lynne McCarthy Another Drought Fear closes in, running headlong at my rimrock edge of sanity, a jaded horse that clatters across my soul, ribs heaving beneath a hide lathered white. nothing, survivor, scorch, bullet, homesteader