Synopses & Reviews
In our restless, confused society, there is a yearning for a connection to the land; for the sound of the human voice; for simple, natural truth. Cowboy poetry, says the Portland Oregonian, "is sort of like country music: It's straight talk, dealing with fundamentals, using images that you can touch. . . . In this beautifully presented book, Anne Heath Widmark has compiled the works of twelve Western bards who excel at the form. "These twelve poets, through biographical and photographic portraits and their own poems, acquaint us with a diverse tradition tied to the rhythms of land, animals, and seasons. Among the cowboy poets who make up this book, we meet Wally McRae, a third-generation rancher from Forsyth, Montana; Paul Zarzyski, a former bronc rider with a master's in literature; and Linda Hussa, a buckaroo who ranches with her husband in the "sagebrush corner" of northeastern California. Their poems ride free over the range of human experience.
"There is a wind blowing out of the cowboy West. . . . Widmark and Reeves have stood in the vortex." Teresa Jordan
"This book--whether or not you have an affinity for poetry or for cowboys--will draw you back again and again. The poems are earthy and sophisticated . . . expertly crafted without guile or artifice." Santa Barbara News-Press
Reaching far beyond its cow-country beginnings, the poetry of the cowboy West is awakening a response in mainstream America.
About the Author
Kent Reeves, who lives in Santa Cruz, has photographed cowboys for over twenty years.Anne Heath Widmark grew up on her family's California ranch and now lives in Santa Barbara.