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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
27321 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 41 Tiffany Darrough Early Morning In Hollister he holds me in the wooden bed he built, while our children sleep in another room, and tells me stories of his cowboy days, chasing mustangs guided by a morning moon. moon, coffee, herd, grown up
27328 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 47 Laurel Speer Mules A mule is born with a full set of teeth. He can't breed. He'll walk a straight row and never step on a young plant, like a horse. If you pair mules, they should be the same weight. respect, foolish, drunk, haunt, truth
27329 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 48 Doris Bircham He tells it like it was Over thirty years I bin ranchin' an' I ain't seen nothin' like it before just out ridin' checkin' my herd one evenin' when I sees this cow tryin' to calve an' a mean ol' cow she is too an' I see the tips of the backwards, twins, kill, calf
27330 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 49 Doris Bircham Coffee Row They gather each morning at the back of the old store where a window outlines grass-fringed slopes and patchwork strips. cattle action, rodeo, asthma, town, smoke
27331 Dry Crik Rview: Spring 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 50 Andy Wilkinson At The Grave Of Billy The Kid I stopped at the grave of Billy the kid. He was a man that needed killing, not a museum and a gift-and-curio shop where knick-knacks and trinkets and souvenirs admission fee, hunger, Navajo
27332 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 6 Linda Hussa John Noble's Rye There's this field, see right next to ours only the barbed wire fence between. Our side subs - timothy, clover, a pretty meadow. John Noble's side is dry. No spring. No water right. tractor, winter, dirt, bullseye, wallpaper, skirts
27335 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 7 Linda Hussa Caught Out Blackness of junipers against black night earth darker than sky i cuss the late rising moon dizzy with uneven steps of the horse behind shadowed cattle in a winding line through brush clobbering over rocks vision, camp, blindness, disappears, pokers
27336 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 8 Linda Hussa Gold Mustard Oh! We were in a hurry that day the list was long i rushed beside you in silence chores before dawn horses saddled standing tied in the old barn ready explode, fawn, bank, womb, dirt
27337 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 10 Keith Wilson Old Cowpunchers Certainly do die, no matter what the bumper-sticker i just saw says, but they often die with a kind of grace that we saw reflected in Jal. They hang on hard, Mexican, Ted Enslin, Hawk Press, disaster
27339 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 11 Thomas Feeny The Buffalo Dance Times there are, and places where you can grow crops or you can pan for gold in Wyoming, in winter when harvest seems far off so since you've got no other option, clouds, buffalo, snorting, valley
27340 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 12 Barbara Shirk Parish Baby Of The Dust Bowl Daughter -- stillborn -- 1983 -- buried in the ravaged earth her stone reads simply, Baby -- (She was our very first.) -- dared, name, grief, ravaged
27341 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 13 Barbara Shirk Parish Lost Legacies It has become a fact of evolution that arms are growing shorter year by year: few legacies are handed down from parents to their children -- quilts, jars, tools, fruit, diseases
27342 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 14 Barbara Shirk Parish Home Town My ancestors lived in this town but heir little house are gone - -carried away by cyclones flying into the dawn or torn apart for the lumber weeds, fire, trees, graveyard, modest stone
27343 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 14 Barbara Shirk Parish In Her Name Great-Grandma stitched her name in this quilt's corner -- it covered generations (this Double Wedding Ring); Her sister Rose remembered it was folded only once: quilt, sickness, winter, picnics
27344 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 15 Barbara Shirk Parish For My Visit I returned to your deserted farm for treasures of its past: found only a battered water dipper -- its handle rusty and its cup filled up with dust. silver, river, lips, beckoned, kitchen
27345 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 16 Peggy Godfrey Free Verse After I perform my rhyme gather up my coat and purse someone asks as an afterthought "why don't you try free verse?" I'm not opposed to rhyme or prose. introspection, seasons, reflects, lambs, ewes,
27347 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 18 T.R. Stephenson The Old Cowboy I once was a cowboy that didn't have nothing', a friendly fast mover who went where i pleased. If a town didn't suit me, I'd find me another, money, guilty, forever, alone, worthy
27348 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 20 Tom Brown Duckleggin' prose
27349 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 31 Robert Penick 1-31-93 The land rises up and defeats its masters in the tradition of ice ages, droughts, and Russian winters. Floods and hurricanes famine and drought the land will deny itself and hold life without. repair, kill, extinction, earth
27350 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 32 Clay Bailey Cash Cow Old friends dreamers of earth in balance the Flying Wholendas bashed into meanness so you've turned your down jackets calling in your chips god, profession, politics, economy, nation, helicopters
27351 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 33 David Athey Over The Prairie From Badlands Ranch, you can scan the horizon for a thousand miles-- no, not that far, but you can see far enough to realize: those purple martins have it made, sky, house, martins
27352 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 34 Ruth Daniels The Detailing Of Duke Long ago we had a dog, named Duke.. not good for much, not mean..just lazy. His only claim to beauty lay in his proud plume of a tail head high. His only vice, raiding the henhouse, sucking eggs. sensitive, shame, hammer, treat
27353 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 35 Ruth Daniels Fishin' Big creek still winds through the pastures.. not as wide or deep as I remember. Aunt Iris, my father's only sister, a hundred pounds of energy fished with zeal. bait, perch, red oak, willows
27354 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 36 Jim DeWitt Dry August Grasshopper Trap How long had I been practicing for the moment its wildest leaps would end.. my lightning hands swipes cutting through the air to get there at the coinciding moment and five fingers' snap-shut grab imprisoning, twitch, shells, powerful tickle
27355 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 37 Jim DeWitt Do Quarter Horses Ever Dream of carrying cowboys on roundup dust swirling across plains and their being the main reason they're able to control cattle or if created appaloosa trekking saddlebags full-loaded with gear loyalties, fantasies, sweet, reason