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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.


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Poetry table.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
27262 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 39 Jay Dusard Goose Silent, cottony flakes accumulate into a thick blanket on the brown mare. The whiteness clings halfway down her barrel and a third of the way down her hip. shelter, water hose, snow, pattern, flexed, spooky, ropes, mud
27263 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 40 Peggy Godfrey My Neighbor, Vogal Vogal is my neighbor he's nearly twice my age I heard when he'z a young man he drew a cowboy's wage. I can see he's might puzzled ranch, wedding vows, frozen days, station, pickups
27264 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 41 Peggy Godfrey I Tried Seven barely yearlin' bulls was chasin Punkin 'round she didn't "take" on her second half I'd have to haul her to town. Ralph and Vogal worried 'bout ole Punkin's sorry plight trailer, zoo, truck, mud, duties, rest
27265 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 42 Peggy Godfrey In Forth-Five-Years I've learned to see the mountains as more than stone and mud come to know my neighbors as more than flesh and blood I've grown to see the work I do as more than passing time rhyme, mom, wife, muscle, love, light
27266 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 42 Laurie Wagner Buyer Smell Of Sage Autumns ago we rode bareback for sage, crossing and re-crossing river channels, urging our mounts through ancient sloughs, brush-choked islands. We talked then, sometimes sang, laughter, Canada, jeans, descended, sky, world
27267 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 44 Mela D. Mlekush Night Lambing I stop out into the crisp air overhead a blanket of stars sparkle, across the yard another galaxy twinkles on blue-white velvet held in the sphere of a security light. rusted hook, reward, labored, monster, instinct, warmth
27268 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 45 Jay Dusard Good Buckskin Horse Yellow trimmed in black; hipper than Eohippus. Cow huntin' mother. buck, horse, mother, hunting
27269 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 45 Jay Dusard Spring, 1965 The tallow truck winch draws my buckskin up the ramp. I hate long goodbyes. buck, ramp, good bye
27270 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 45 Jay Dusard Skeeter Hughes Buckskin horses, Year! I always pay too much of the sons of bitches. buck, deer, horses, money
27271 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 46 Mela D. Mlekush Dad Says Faithful Old Horses Deserve To Be Buried Rex didn't die of old age like you claim thirty years later. That old sorrel cow horse was shot once behind the left ear. You sent my brother John to do the job. You were too soft, Carcass, explode, death, dance, cold fire
27272 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 47 Pete Bennett La Empacadora The old man looks back and slips the aged "M" into neutral as the day's sun grows dim he mutters "cabrone" as he surveys the loose hay and nest of twine trailing behind him "Someday," he thinks, trade, gringo machine, tractor, Saints
27273 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 47 Cynthia J. Harper Shipwreck, New Mexico It's hard to be a cowboy's kid. I mean, let's fat it, they don't hold rodeos in fancy places. I ask Daddy how come this place is called Shipwreck if there is no ocean and no ships. Motel, fancy places, ships, rodeos
27274 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 48 Linda Wasmer Smith Violet Wash It was at this time that I had a curious experience which was useful to me later in understanding what the Cleansing Ceremony of the Navajo does for the patient. Mary Cabot Wheelwright, canyon, journey, Arizona, camping trip
27275 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 49 Linda Wasmer Smith Back Home Rollin, I don't know what is the matter with me, for already I am beginning to like Roswell. --Ruth Kessler Rice, who had just moved with her family to New Mexico, in a letter to a friend left hunt, shoot, .22 rifle, dance, pony
27276 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 50 Jerry Wright Before The Buzzer The news slapped me like the blow of a rawhide quirt. Rumbling through my heart shaking, quaking thunder 'cross the canyons of my soul. Inconceivable, unbelievable, Christmas, wreck, sorrow
27280 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 52 Jerry Wright The Four Horse Hitch As the Monsignor stampedes through the wedding mass in "nine-o", record time-we three cowpuncher heathens, copenhagen taut lips in our pews, give silent thanks to the priest's pity. traces, Jack Daniels Black, runaway, flood, soul
27281 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 54 Wayne Nelson The Lesson He was grouchier than usual that day, expect me to read his mind, didn't give me time to adjust the stirrups, to my longer than his, teenage lanklegs, just shoved the lariat in my hands. God, pain, nausea, fishes, bawling herd, town
27282 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 56 Laurie Wagner Buyer Buffalo Days By the time of your birth the buffalo had been gone nearly 100 years. Still, one spring in your 30's, you sharpened your lance laced with feathers and beads, and raced your new spotted stallion round and round the meadow. summer, surprise attack, blanket, scorched ridge, disappeared buffalo
27283 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 57 Rod McQueary Life and Times When they ask of Life, what will I say? Can I describe time that swirls, flits with fickle castanets, and disappear? A shrinking, self-swallowing serpent? celebration, surviving winter, hope, intensity, trap, primitive
27284 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 58 D.W. Dutton Equi-Dawn Out there on the rolling plains I saw them on a masa they were four horses crested necks and arching tails legs curled they reared against the sunrise dust reckless, sprints, rhythm, flames, muzzle, peace, trust
27285 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 59 Jay Dusard Dally Ropin' Half-ton of beef caught. Take your wraps around the horn, then count your fingers. beef, horn, fingers, wraps
27286 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 59 Jay Dusard Haiku For '92 All day I faced industrial waste, without the taste of water. water, waste, industrial, taste
27287 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 60 Ruthie Clark It's Time Adolescent sweet gum models her new prom dress snowy blackberry blossoms promise sweet fruit kittens peek through half-opened eyes at a universe of feet a spangle-legged foal takes his first dance lesson lullabies, dreams, illuminate, azaleas
27288 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 61 Ruthie Clark Cavalier Reborn Young cavalier so handsome, dashing, debonair born of southern gentility educated in the classics and art of charming courting hoop-skirted, dance, blood, captivates, cowboy, beauty, oaks
27289 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 62 Lisa Quinlan A Little Red Self-Propelled Baler Four o'clock summer mornings when the dew was just right for making sweet, green hay I could hear my dad softly wake my brothers and I wished it for me too. But my legs were not long enough farm sale, perfectly, home, awake, machines, car, crews