ART SPUR “Just for the Fun of It,” Winter-Christmas 2018

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Photo by Carol M. Highsmith; Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

WINTER ART SPUR

Our 49th piece offered to “spur” the imagination is a special Winter/Christmas Art Spur, a 2016 photograph by contemporary photographer, author, and publisher Carol M. Highsmith, titled, “A horse rolls in the snow, apparently just for the fun of it, as others head out for a winter romp at the Midland Ranch, in the shadow of the Wind River Range of the Northern Rockies in remote Sweetwater County, Wyoming.”

The photographer explains, “The closest town, Farson, is 26 miles away. The ranch, whose first cabins served as a Pony Express remount station in 1860, was homesteaded in the 1890s and settled by French Basque immigrant John Arambel, the patriarch of the current owner, in 1909….” Find more at The Library of Congress.

You are welcome to make your Winter Art Spur poem Christmas-themed. All Christmas poems (Art Spur or not) are welcome through Thursday, December 20, 2018. Winter-themed Art Spur poems are welcome through Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

The photograph is included in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive at The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The collection description notes that, “Highsmith, a distinguished and richly-published American photographer, has donated her work to the Library of Congress since 1992. Starting in 2002, Highsmith provided scans or photographs she shot digitally with new donations to allow rapid online access throughout the world. Her generosity in dedicating the rights to the American people for copyright free access also makes this Archive a very special visual resource.”

Find more about Carol Highsmith and her work at carolhighsmith.com and on Facebook at Carol M. Highsmith’s America.

SUBMISSIONS

Submissions are welcome from all. Christmas-themed poems and lyrics had a deadline of Thursday, December 20, 2018. Winter-themed submissions have a deadline of Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Poets and songwriters are invited to be inspired by the photograph; a literal representation of the art is not expected.

• Please follow our regular guidelines for content.

• You may submit one poem, either Christmas- or winter-themed.

• Send your poem to poems@cowboypoetry.com and note “Art Spur” in the subject line.

Selected poems will be posted.

Find previous Art Spur subjects here and at CowboyPoetry.com.

(This photograph is in the public domain.)