Synopses & Reviews
Part memoir, part how-to, all Baxter Black, Lessons from a Desperado Poet
is a humorous, witty take on making a living by doing the right thing and trying everything. According to Black—who provides 118 life lessons through the course of the book—success, at least in the form to be had by working outside the system, “does not take a genius; it just requires the persistence of a glacier. . . . Remember, often it is not ability, its reliability. The world is run by those who show up.”
A mind-tickling romp through the formation, fermentation, and fruition of the authors career as a poet in a country where publishing poetry is “practically illegal,” Lessons from a Desperado Poet is instructional for the entrepreneur, inspirational for the ambitious, and entertaining for the teeming masses. In three sections—“How I Learned,”“What I Learned,” and “Why I Was Able to Learn”—the man the New York Times called “probably the nations most successful living poet” takes us through everything from his “Basque Infusion” (i.e., the lessons he learned working for a hard-headed Basque) and how he became a self-sustaining poet, to such chapters as “Me and NPR,” “How to Control Your Tech Addiction,” and “Controlling Your Own Life—Big Decisions Like Turning Down Johnny Carson.”
Since it is also a story of continuously overcoming the odds, Lessons from a Desperado Poet leaves a trail of self-improvement and motivational tortilla crumbs that readers will follow with delight—before, that is, squirreling them away in their own cerebral pockets for later use.
"There is nothing profound in saying that chickens cluck or that Baxter Black is a man of enormous talent, but readers of this book will find there is more to his success than a train-load of talent. He didnt quit when life bucked him off and stomped on his hat. He works hard. He reads and studies and thinks. He prays. He keeps his word. He doesnt write trash. He respects his audience. How rare and refreshing: an artist/entertainer who can spell integrity, and even knows what it means."
- John Erickson, Author of "Hank the Cowdog" Series
118 tips from Americas Best-Selling Cowboy Poet on how to carve a living out of thin air and live with yourself while you do it.
About the Author
Baxter Black is known to millions of NPR listeners for his incomparable voice and insights as Americas Cowboy Poet and as a large-animal veterinarian. Raised in New Mexico, he earned his doctorate in Colorado in veterinary medicine and practiced for thirteen years in the livestock business. He would still be there if, in his words, “cowboy poetry had not hijacked my life.” His books include, most recently, The Back Page: The Best of Baxter Black from Western Horseman, and Hey, Cowboy, Wanna Get Lucky?. For thirty years he has performed cowboy poetry across the United States and Canada.