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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
27356 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 37 Jim DeWitt Long Trail's End For The Day horses unsaddled chores done on into darkness then bone-weary into the sack -- last waking is starting up at the one brightest star set into our own personal galaxy of supporting companions. chores, horses, galaxy
27358 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 38 Jim Dewitt The Highlight of Swamp Holler's Saturday night.. they never did break Jed's habit of swigging directly from a raised up keg, so naturally some cornlikker foam would be breathed for choking on and sure as hassenpfeffer gang, clog, unique
27359 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 39 Laurie Wagner Buyer Into Another Winter Hay doesn't come the way it used to, bale by bale out of the back of a baler, while the sun stretched out the days, hot and dry, and circling hawks cast rain, hitch, porch, bridge, calves
27360 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 40 Laurie Wagner Buyer Purple Tulips After a weekend of Shakespeare and talk and friends, the renewal of feminine joys long since left by the way, traffic pours into Denver as I alone turn west into the mountains heading home. Kathy, Raz, development, summer, conversation, embrace
27361 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 42 Laurie Wagner Buyer October Evening Up the ridge, into the sun, scrambling on this shale, I coach myself: don't run, stop sit, breath, slow, slower, think.. The cow elk's trail is long since blood, twisted, echo, black timber
27364 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 44 Vess Quinlan Alehandro's Dilemma prose
27363 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 43 Bruce Embree No Time Stove creaks, bunkwood fire smokes after midnight sometime in June the relatives, aging hipsters and friends walked slowly up Webb Creek to see Roberta's ashes wife, roundhouse, pay fee, steel fish
27365 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 45 Carlos Colon Code Of The West When toting a six-gun Justice is thine. To err is human to Andy, divine. toting, human, divine, justice
27366 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 46 Art Coelho Wetback Barley Soup, No Prayer It was cold and foggy and they took shelter during the Christmas season; no candles burning bright where hightops trudged through the Wheatville adobe mud. butcher knife, coyotes, farmer, boiled, imagine, smile
27367 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 48 Art Coelho In The Home Of Solitude A fire, racking lifeblood black, ashed an old wooden frame, and molten dark green hunks of glass answered sheaves of old ghosts: the zagged bits of lichen teeth on the rock foundation spit a splendid starkness, witness, construction king, smoke, snow, impression, soundless
27371 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 51 Audrey Hankins Shirts Sewing saved her sanity nights when the jukebox kept him in town. With horses fed and babes tucked in, she fashioned shirts of art from yards of broken dreams. distress flares, despair, mental health, dreams
27369 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 49 Willard Hollopeter Woman Power Now there's a crazy phenomenon a'sweepin' this old land, women wantin' to do the things always done by a man. I s'poze miz anthony started it, raisin' a ruckus, long time ago. lawyer, blame, shame, party, feminism
27370 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 50 Kell Robertson Naw I Don't Want To Ride In Your Posse's Parade And I Ain't Got A Horse No More Once you've got cowboy deeply imbedded in your heart your're as branded as any steer-- I sometimes think they used a running iron so many times the marks on me are tangled a mess of lines honorable, work, job, pay
27372 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 52 Andy Wilkinson Driving At Night On The Planes Driving at night on the plains is a dream, a dream in glitter and black vaseline, a dream of black-velvet Elvises hung like tapestries underneath bare bulbs strung moon, slow-motion car, dreams, silent drill
27373 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 53 Andy Wilkinson King-Of-The-Mountain We stood atop the hill behind your house while your mother washed the supper dishes and watched the evening news. You surveyed round the mountain to the west, the sun landmarks, explorer, palsied light, stars
27374 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 54 Andy Wilkinson While There's A Little Sun There'll always be work for a cowhand, especially while there's a little sun, never mind nine-to-fivers don't understand it ain't straight thinkin' to think it's done. slicker, saddle, sun, bad weather
27375 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 55 Walt McLaughlin Hungry Mouths You think you rule the earth until a twig snaps loudly in dense alders behind you, in diminished twilight, stripping away your bravado. skill, wilderness, proclaim, unseen beast
27376 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 56 Walt McLaughlin Fourth Day Of Rain When the rain drips nonstop from an expressionless sky, your heart gets stuck in your throat and there is nothing left to do but scream wordless allegiance to humanity before you forget -- punishment, twilight, sympathy, fear, storm
27377 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 58 Luther Van Cleve Unchanging Melody prose
27378 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 60 Kenneth W. Brewer Learning To Be Omniscient In the dream a gun bolt snaps shut and he feeds it in his teeth, just the alarm rings in his ear. He rolls to his side, feels the first pain of torn muscle in his back. He reaches for the alarm in the darkness beside his ear. spider, silver, throbbing, bookcase, poetry, footboard
27379 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 62 Kenneth W. Brewer Quiet Night At Home Dark outside. Clouds. Rain. October wind takes the last leaves as if the maple tore out her hair for Halloween. Jakob rocks before the fire, wooden chair on wooden floor, red pine logs. pleasant, feathers, dreams, river, smile
27380 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 63 Robert Parham Man And A Horse In love with his horse, Albarran discovered the horse loved his wife more, and she, caught in the moon of her own discontent, loved the animal more than even herself. Dry and brown as old paper crunch, special date, sleep, fractured history
27381 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 64 Elizabeth Bancroft Harry's 80-90's Hole First, winds blew something over the backs of goats. They didn't "baaa," so few thought anything about strands of wool in the barbs, but then, even cows and horses died. infantries, funny looking, neighbors, protection
27382 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 65 Lisa Quinlan Last Saturday Early November the few remaining Autumn leaves now spotted black hang on stubbornly to a short, shameless life, from heavy, dark rain clouds thundering threats to the gray, sheeted sky promise, lose, inevitable winter, river, frost, fibers
27383 Dry Crik Rview: Summer-Fall 1993 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 66 Jim Hammons Best Memories Are Last A few years back I bought a four-year old cow a longlegged bony critter, half Charlois and lord knows what the other half was it wasn't Hereford, 'cause she was not a bit red - but was dirty white, racks, nut, tailgate, sight, stock buyer