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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
27232 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 59 Gary Mex Glazner Cows And Boys Down the chute into the metal V shaped cage the heifer goes to test for motherhood. I pull the bar tight against her neck, cousin Mike steps down from the fence theater, pregnant, taste, knob, kiss, popcorn
27233 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 60 J.B. Allen Grist There's a place back in them hills that's sorta hid and hard to find where a spring of crystal water leaves the rock and starts to wind cabin, chipmunks, justice, silence, drama
27234 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 61 Rod McQueary Instinct The huey crew made a routine hop fast in and out to get some local folks the old viet shuffles up his flickering eyes crooked gold-glint smile tries to hide his fear sin, mistake, death, boot, polish
27235 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 63 Rod McQueary White Wall There ought to be another wall white, bright, pretty in a grove of trees with picnic tables, dance floor, and a Viet Vet ragtime band. laugh, candidates, marriage, child, education
27236 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 6 Shadd Piehl Riding Song I sit my horse in circles on a hill of half-buried stone hoops, the forgotten remains of nomad lodges. Impatient he stamps a red flowered cactus. whispers, forever, heart, live, old, scatter
27237 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 8 Shadd Piehl Dakota Highways Midnight grins a wide open moon. they sky glows on another night spent cramped in a car, going down the road. To a rodeo on the reservation race, Missouri, celebration, lights, clouds
27238 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 7 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, slow and still impossible to catch tricks, shadows, shy, pasture, sale
27239 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 9 James K. Woodbury, Sr. Crow Eyes It's spring again and from 'neath the snow, crystal clear, the freshets flow. As under scudding clouds I ride where shy, mud-spattered crocus hide amidst the tender fresh green shoots hillside, past, pillow, sky, saddle
27241 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 12 Sue Wallis Throw Back The Gates Contemporary Cowboy Poetry A creative and literary movement possessing vitality and power the likes of which the world has seldom seen resides in the American West. phenomenon, book, competition, promise, debate, wind, letters, honorable
27242 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 20 J.B. Allen Sandin The Ruff Spots While thumbin thru this magazine of ropers and their ilk the pictures spread before me made it seem as smooth as silk. Them ropers all stepped lightly queen, trouble, blame, famous
27245 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 21 J.B. Allen Fissures layin snuggled in yore soogans on some frosty winter's eve with the cavvy grazin quietly 'cross the fence, brought a plumb relaxin feelin knowing "Bob" was out on guard and, for once, the boss's IDY made some sense. reckless, life, berserk, symptom, work
27246 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 22 J.B. Allen Kings And Slaves Fierce as grizzlies in the springtime proud a sage hens caught in rut tough as rawhide cured in season hard as granite shavins-but insde farmer, perspective, wagon, boss
27247 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 23 J.B. Allen New Trails hard old shells protectin feelins lay in shambles at our feet as the lancets pierce the armor grown immune to club or sleet Mavrick, emotions, poultice, fortress, wounds, bleed
27248 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 24 C.E. "Rusty" Fryer Coming Yearling Last fall when I was ride'n with them outfits over East, I stopped at young Bill Miller's he has the home place leased. You see he married old Scott's daughter, the one that used to sing, vaccinate, calf, spring, smiles
27249 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 26 Ron Chappell Cliff Dwellers Shy...they hover in the shadows along the broken ledges still as idols in the twilight as they contemplate the scene from their dwellings in the darkness sunset, soul, mystery, breeze, ghost, mind
27250 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 27 Ron Chappell Red Feather Below the Devil's Staircase on the Ruby-Anthracite i was tracking run-off ponies in the early evening light I was just a young man bow, cry, seldom, drunk, awful, die
27251 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 29 Tom Sharpe Changes Pulling calves, feeding hay, very seldom time to play. Patching up Pickup truck, Pulling out bull that's stuck. Mowing down summer hay, winter time fed away. poor, town, money, ranch, thin, cold
27252 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 30 Ed Brown I'm Teaching school, Not Dead Some well-intentioned people ask, knowing I pursue new tasks, about the years I spent on those old ranches. And if I carry some regret Or is it something to forget? conversation, dreams, bless, promise, target, good folks, partner, forever
27255 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 32 Wayne Nelson Snowville Snowville was an albino bull, a legend in his time, his two eyes glowed like cinders, and his horns spread sharp and wide. Had a hide of pure white satin, shined like Texas hail, rules, fight, clown, rodeo, whiskey, beer
27254 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 31 Ed Brown Town Noise How do people sleep in town? Commotion lasts all night. Sirens squeal, tires screech, tomcats squall and fight. Lights come on at hint of dusk, alone, acquired, nervous, tired, quiet,
27256 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 34 Virginia Bennett Temporarily on the string There's a dog lyin' chained in someone's yard downtown he's a black and white stock dog shiny coat, but dull of eye with nose on paws, he watches past, refrain, escape, backyard, butterflies
27259 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 36 John C. Dofflemyer Chagoopa Plateau Where the pine twists short with knotted roots below bare Mt. Kaweah, flows eroded sandy deserts linked in landscapes with the moon, where the snow and shade have squatted planet, trackless, meadows, heaven, hunting, W.E. DeCarteret
27258 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 35 Virginia Bennett Guillermo He followed cows (barefoot) down the stone-walled lane and he carried along a branch to prod the ones who'd lag driving them up Maestas Trail, bound for their summer domain heaven, bike, highway, plastic, flowers
27260 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 37 John C. Dofflemyer More Horse Sense Mediocre horses have taught me great vocabularies not necessary to enlightening conversations but sulled-up nags routinely bore with egocentricity horses, vocabularies, bore
27261 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 38 D.W. Dutton Bonita We cursed the drought and thirst dust had blown and mesquite pods burst preserving desert brown and summer death we preserved the worst sky, rain, windmill, baked, cry, flowers