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Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering

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This collection of poems was chosen from among 10, 000 gathered from cowboy reciters, ranch poets and from a library of over 200 published works of cowboy verse. One third of the poems are classics that have proven their vitality by having lived in the hearts and minds of cowboys and ranchers for decades. The remaining two-thirds are new, created within the last few years.
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 1st 1990 by Gibbs Smith (first published January 1st 1985)
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Thomas Dolan
Mar 20, 2011 Thomas Dolan rated it it was amazing
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This book was amazing. I love the simple charm a poem has, the way you can visualize the sun falling on hundreds of cattle, the way a cowboy's life is great, and bad. You won't find any ambiguous meanings here. The poems are, as stated, just simple and lovely. As you read, you can't help but yearn for wide expanses of plain, or rounding up cattle, or even riding the back of a ragin' bull.

At first the rough accent of the cowboy's is a little hard to understand. But before long, you'll get used t
Aug 03, 2015 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is an absolutely lovely collection of poetry written by working cowboys. Partially traditional poems, and partially new ones, this book shows how the process has evolved in some ways and changed very little in others. Cowboy poetry is an interesting tradition, often rooted in the literal and the beauty of the nature around them. It reminds me a bit of Everett Ruess, who I suppose would qualify as a cowboy poet in some ways though he wasn't truly a cowboy.
Haley Whitehall
Aug 03, 2015 Haley Whitehall rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book of cowboy poetry. I reread these poems often. They really show the cowboy culture. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes cowboys! Many of the poems make me smile.
Mar 19, 2013 Aggie rated it really liked it
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A nice collection of poetry written by cowpokes and ranchers. It ranged from funny to sad to spritual to joyful.
Urey Patrick
Aug 05, 2011 Urey Patrick rated it it was amazing
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edited by Hal Cannon - simply great!
Feb 01, 2008 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
awesome book!
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