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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
27290 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 64 Lisa Quinlan Crumbling Castles Eager for adulthood little girls dream of perfect playhouses with the latest kitchen sets and dolls that came to life with the snap of tiny fingers. anxious, dreams, castles, marble, spark, wine, fireplace, guests, innocent
27291 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 66 Myrt Wallis Love And War For my sons and for Rod and Bill sons of my heart Young Crow warriors rode into war their hearts filled with joy wanting to live with courage and honor danger, enemy, sorrow, eager, warriors, duty, fault
27292 Dry Crik Review: Summer 1992 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 70 Kent Stockton The Long Shadows Time The greens are never greener nor clearer, the coyotes bark; The details never cleaner than int he magic just 'fore dark. Those moments just before the dusk inspire, rhyme, love, quiet, pleasant, retires, bay
27293 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 8 Ed Brown In The Eye Of The Beholder "Of course I'll come," I answered, when I got the foreman's call. I like to help the neighbors when I can. My irrigation water wouldn't miss me much at all, and there's not a better thing to do than brand. cattle guard, outfit, target, home, calf, horn, born, fart, wasted energy
27294 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 10 Linda Hussa Horse Runner He rides in darkness folding 'round. The ring of hoof on desert floor ricochets off the moon. He hears each twice and looks to see behind. He is alone. He only feels another's flesh. desert, uncharted dunes, warning, dogs, past, German Shepherds
27295 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 12 Linda Hussa The Blue Filly She is just three. Weaned again. First time form her dead mother small blue head in the flank of a still heart. Second time from a spotted burro who let her stand near as the swept files barn, soft, relax, stinging rips, sleep
27296 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 13 Sandra Lake Lassen Soddy Born in a sod house near a prairie town he talked of desolation and endless whining wind his eyes were filled with it his mother was a school marm who went mad on day apron, cluster, dream, school
27303 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 23 Ruth Daniels City Cousin In her twentieth summer she came to the farm for a visit. At ten I thought her as glamorous as any movie star. A slender girl, sparkling as a spring day, a cap of black hair cut in a wind-blown bob. police force, sake, heaven, ice skating, promise
27298 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 14 L.B. Doran-Maurer Paying The Pecos Bill Just to follow the circuit one last time. The Garden, Sydney, Cheyenne, Calgary, Pendleton, Salinas - and all the one horse one-nighters in between. You try not to notice the dry irony attached fade, pawnshop, prison, escape, mother, wage
27299 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 15 C. David Hay The Call Of The Wild The call of the wild is a restless voice of wind and sky and sea; Beckons all - both great and small with the yearning to be free. It drives snow geese in autumn skies mountain crest, coyote's cry, mystic tune, desert, God
27300 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 16 Elizabeth Sinclaire 1993 Elko Gathering: Some First Impressions Of Cowboy Poetry prose
27302 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 22 Thelma Poirier Sitting Bull When you led your people north across the plains and rivers to a cold wind did you ever look back see how many were following when you slipped from one ridge to another embraced the valley of the White Mud night, Rock Creek, aware, canyon, stream
27304 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 24 Elizabeth Bancroft Winter Soltice Work horses, eyes closed hair winter length falsely fluffy tailed the wind for warmth. He hailed them over the gate, cracked ice in their trough. They stood hard. frozen clods, barn, grace, telephone
27305 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 25 Lyn DeNaeyer Indian Wars...A Trilogy: Throwaways streets unroll early as this cowtown rubs sleep from its eyes. Restless, he walks the borders of this paved pasture where the aging await the last roundup. proclaim, attire, ransom paid, church, cafe
27306 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 26 Lyn DeNaeyer Reservation Blues Cold wind searches out the cracks under the door; steals across the floor to warm its icy fingers at the fire; creeps under the covers to settle in for a long night. No propane this week. moon, shoes, cry, coyote howls
27307 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 26 Lyn DeNaeyer Warriors He's at home in college classrooms teaching words their parents were afraid to speak. Secrets told only in sweat lodge or other ceremonies. At the WIC clinic, mothers listen as she explains mysteries like nutrition, breastfeeding, fire, memory, counselor, medicine
27308 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 28 Andy Wilkinson F.M. 168, Buffalo Lake To Nazareth This road lay like an invitation, south from the commercial highway, straight into the Llano Estacado's rolling gut where tidees of grass rose and fell in pastel queen, rodeo, angel wing, waitress, journey
27309 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 29 Andy Wilkinson Horseback On The Llano Estacado The wind is the oldest river, rhythmic, unceasing, infinite, the pulse of God. Where time is the blood in which the Llano in washed, where the horizon is the line dreams, patient, river, wind
27310 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 30 Art Coelho A New Pilgrim's Hymn America has enough faces to fill a cosmic cowboy hat, and that endless wild rose blooming across Colorado -- that Montana blizzard killing calves at sixty below. Navajo, pride, patrols, degrees, future, vision
27312 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 32 Laurie Wagner Buyer Hawk Watcher October morning, frost crisp with an unwonted clarity that sent farm voices reaching across distances too great for eyes, a woman calling children, a man whistling to his work. invisible, sniff, gold, fear, wings, prize
27313 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 34 Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel The Flower Lover The visitors had been talking about baseball, but somehow Uncle Bart switched off to the subject of flowers jumped right in with, "Folks if you really want to see a sight gold, wildflowers, heart, alive
27314 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 35 Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel Cousin Wyatt's Memory As far as we remember he never used the word COLOR in his long working years too set in shades of dust and sweat if he looked up he saw a hawk outlined black. shock, home, mustard, cook, yellow
27315 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 36 Gary Mex Glazner The Hide The new white hide of smooth fat. Covering the just skinned cow. Nerves, eyes still twitching so it seemed she was alive. Hanging in the shed behind the house. barn, .22 rifle., shoot, planes, crash, Cristo mountain
27316 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 38 Ken MacDonnell East Texas Cowboy Always figured in East Texas runnin' cows was most forgotten and them good ole boys kept busy loggin' out or choppin' cotton. Land's all hilly, full of pines, Mexico, cactus, coffee, lifetime, ride
27317 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 40 Tiffany Darrough In My Father's Sea He came in from breaking the ice on the pong, "even cattle drinks on Sunday," his hands pressed hard through torn brown gloves that served no purpose I could see. footsteps, padding, smell, blue eyes, Irish seas, hair