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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
27410 The Lavonne Houlton Compendium: Ponies, Poetry and Prose FC 11 G-42 183 Janet Gingold The Fifth of July (2004) The fireworks are over, flags furled and put away. The picnic spots are empty, It's just another day. the bows are out of horse tails, show saddles on the rack,
27411 The Lavonne Houlton Compendium: Ponies, Poetry and Prose FC 11 G-42 184 Janet Gingold The Down-and-Outer (2004) My dad was full of platitudes. He flung them out like jewels. It took me years to realize they were his teaching tools. "The watched pot never boils", He'd say when I just couldn't wait.
27412 The Lavonne Houlton Compendium: Ponies, Poetry and Prose FC 11 G-42 185 Janet Gingold The Christmas Miracle (2004) Only child on lonely outpost, not a soul to share his play. Every night he kissed hi parents, went off to his room to pray. "Little prairie dogs, dear father, play together, all the day,
27413 The Lavonne Houlton Compendium: Ponies, Poetry and Prose FC 11 G-42 187 Janet Gingold Cowpoke Philosophy (2005) Well, I read theevening paper, and it scared me near in two, with its columns-long palaver about the world to-do. Seems there's little wars all over, and crimes and violence -
27414 The Lavonne Houlton Compendium: Ponies, Poetry and Prose FC 11 G-42 188 Janet Gingold The Wanderer (2005) The prairie stretched before him, just as endless as the sea. The waving grass was stirrup-high, no hint of shrub or tree. A quest it was, that sent him west, to lands not seen before. But somewhere, he knew one for him held promise in store.
27418 The Lavonne Houlton Compendium: Ponies, Poetry and Prose FC 11 G-42 197 Janet Gingold Roots.. in the Morgan World prose
27416 The Lavonne Houlton Compendium: Ponies, Poetry and Prose FC 11 G-42 190 Janet Gingold Last Word (2007) T'was a night to be forgotten, but few there were who could. For sometimes nothing turns out the way you think it should. Now, I know you won't believe me, "Though what i say is truth.
27417 The Lavonne Houlton Compendium: Ponies, Poetry and Prose FC 11 G-42 191 Janet Gingold Warm Thoughts Of Cold Creek (2007) I was young back in the 'forty's, just a kid, if truth were told, so it only stands to reason that by now I'm growing old. But I haven't lost a memory of the many I built then on the ranch I loved so dearly
27419 The Lavonne Houlton Compendium: Ponies, Poetry and Prose FC 11 G-42 199 Janet Gingold I Remember (1995) prose
27420 The Lavonne Houlton Compendium: Ponies, Poetry and Prose FC 11 G-42 201 Janet Gingold Cousin Don Landes (2003) prose
27421 The Lavonne Houlton Compendium: Ponies, Poetry and Prose FC 11 G-42 203 Janet Gingold World War II Memorial (May 29, 2004) prose
27422 The Lavonne Houlton Compendium: Ponies, Poetry and Prose FC 11 G-42 204 Janet Gingold Mr. Miley's Palomino (2005) prose
27423 The Lavonne Houlton Compendium: Ponies, Poetry and Prose FC 11 G-42 205 Janet Gingold The Christmases of My Childhood (1930s) prose
27424 The Lavonne Houlton Compendium: Ponies, Poetry and Prose FC 11 G-42 206 Janet Gingold Uncle Ed Titus (2007) prose
27425 Prairie Song A Meander Of Memory FC 11 G-44 V DW Groethe Prairie Song I know the song of the prairie. Its harkening cry, like the anguished joy of a birthing, lifts the heart high as a heaven, swaddling the soul in its ineffable everness.
27426 Prairie Song A Meander Of Memory FC 11 G-44 3 DW Groethe Stone in the Wall A voice spoke. "I come from the Great Massif. Far to the north. Through ice, water and aeons I journeyed and waited. Waited for the improbable moment. Waited till he who sought me.. found me.
27427 Prairie Song A Meander Of Memory FC 11 G-44 4 DW Groethe April 30 This sleek sheet of fury, white within white within white, whips, wraps, the world without pity.. then, again, what use has a whirlwind for pity?..one may as well call it joyful
27428 Prairie Song A Meander Of Memory FC 11 G-44 5 DW Groethe Mid-June Mid-June. Sun woke an hour ago to a damn cool dew damp reception. Ash, lilac, iris dripping with nary a nod, then morning slips he night clothes and dons a light breeze for the day's journey.
27429 Prairie Song A Meander Of Memory FC 11 G-44 6 DW Groethe Somewhere in the Night Somewhere, in the night, rain came. Not much (maybe thirty hundredths), but enough to trickle leaves clean of dust dun. Down and off to chapped patches of open earth, healing, sealing,
27430 Prairie Song A Meander Of Memory FC 11 G-44 7 DW Groethe When I was a Child When i was a child, in the faraway Fifties, all mothers had the same first name. There was Mrs. Grawe..Mrs.Shurdahl..Mrs. Marmon.. Mrs. Groethe..I have no recollection of that
27431 Prairie Song A Meander Of Memory FC 11 G-44 8 DW Groethe My Mother's Quilt My mother made a quilt. Three inch squares from scraps of homemade winter coats. A new one sewn every year for Lord only knows how many. I keep it in her grandfather's humpback steamer trunk till the trees,
27432 Prairie Song A Meander Of Memory FC 11 G-44 9 DW Groethe The Moth One sweet far summer night when I was quite between any age but naught..and thought the world was mine.. I saw the Moth. More than a hand's breadth. Beyond grasp. I stood stunned as if the Christ had returned.
27433 Prairie Song A Meander Of Memory FC 11 G-44 10 DW Groethe On the Edge of Town Where old yards and houses sit ramshackley kempt, chock to the rafters with memories dreamt. Where wild awaits, 'neath headges outgrown, patiently taking all back to its own. Eyes that are watching the nobody there,
27434 Prairie Song A Meander Of Memory FC 11 G-44 11 DW Groethe 5 a.m. Sun trickles through ash and box elder, drops a glint of my cup rim and rouses shadows, from their night's rest, to the day's drifting.
27435 Prairie Song A Meander Of Memory FC 11 G-44 12 DW Groethe Dregs of Memory It is the dregs of memory wherein the muse wallows, willfully, joyfully slopping through forgotten caresses, rude confrontations, hard life and sweet situations