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  • Not poetry, but most of Ivan Doig’s novels are set in Montana and include cowboys.

  • Baxter Black writes humorous poetry, much of which is western/cowboy culture oriented. He is a former large animal veterinarian and that shows up sometimes, too.

  • I just found a book of Johnny Cash’s lyrics and poetry called Forever Words.

    I haven’t read it yet, but if that’s not cowboy, I don’t know what is!! 🙂

  • If you google cowboy poetry you will find a lot of info. I was trying to recall the name of a guy I have seen several times on tv but it is not coming to me.

  • Cowboy Poetry. A gathering, edited by Hal Cannon, copyright 1985. I can’t remember where I got it but it must have been a used book store because the price is still in it. It’s a small book, about 4×6.

  • Waddie Mitchell is fabulous but don’t know if any of his poetry is in book form. Lots of albums though. Elko, Nevada has a wonderful Cowboy Poetry Festival every year

    • – I stumbled on a Cowboy Poetry Festival in Heber Utah. The poems tend to be long and somewhat folksy with some self-deprecating aspects. I thought they would make good bedtime reading

    • Yes, especially since I’m from the East Coast so I had no idea such a thing existed. I also met Craig Johnson but I didn’t know about his books yet .

  • Cowboy poetry is about life on the range, country life (not Southwestern dysfunctional type love songs), animals like cows and horses, real folks without pretense – or as mentioned – with self-deprecating aspects, and usually lots of humor.

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