edited and with introduction by Hal Cannon, Gobbs Smith Books, A Peregrine Smith Book, 1985 paperback
I enjoy poetry, and when I came across this one a few years ago I thought “why not?”. There are some pretty nice things in here, a lot of perspective on the life of the cowboy, on observing his surroundings, nature, the world through his eyes. Much of what’s written here is by those who know the life from the inside, have done the work, spent the time on horseback, around cattle, on the plains, ranches, mountains, wide valleys, deserts, in winter and summer, have seen the encroachment of “civilization”.
There are elements of the tall tale, the heroic, the simple and the sad.
Those who might at first dismiss this book, untried, with a wave of the hand should first read a little of what’s inside. They just might be pleasantly surprised. I was.