National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: The Anthology (Paperback)
The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the granddaddy of all cowboy poetry events, proclaimed by the US Senate in 2000 in recognition of its pioneering role in the preservation and revitalization of this important American tradition. In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the event, this commemorative volume collects 100 poems by various cowboy poets who have appeared at the gathering over the last three decades, from Baxter Black and Wallace McRae to Georgie Sicking and Paul Zarzyski. Representing the best contemporary cowboy poetry from the first gathering to the present, the poets and poems are culled for their importance and quality with consideration for a wide range of topics that represent the richness and depth of this broad genre. In addition to poems that will make you smile, sigh, or sit up straight in your saddle, the anthology features expressive photos of the contributors, biographical and explanatory headnotes, relevant artwork from the Western Folklife Center's extensive archives, and illuminating sidebars on various topics such as working cattle; life on the land; the relationship between cowboy poetry and song; gear, horses, or cattle mentioned in poems; and profiles and photos of important cowboy poets from earlier times. Cowboy poet extraordinare Baxter Black will provide a foreword, and Charlie Seemann, executive director of the Western Folklife Center, will write an introduction that gives context both to the event itself and to cowboy poetry in general, from the days of the trail drives in the nineteenth century to the lives of the hardworking men and women who still ranch and live on the land in the West today.
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The Western Folklife Center, an award-winning cultural institution based in Elko, Nevada, enhances the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West through the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and other performances, exhibitions, educational programs, media productions, and preservation projects that celebrate the wisdom, artistry, and ingenuity of western folkways. It has created numerous features for public radio including What's in a Song, an occasional music series produced for NPR's Weekend Edition, a regular podcast, and Emmy Award-winning public television specials, among other programming.