Cowboy Poetry Week 2020 Giveaway

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The 19th annual Cowboy Poetry Week is April 19-25, 2020.

Let’s celebrate together! We have the whole world of the internet and social media, and there are prizes for you.

Make a web or social media post every day of Cowboy Poetry Week (April 19-25) and be eligible for the giveaway: a drawing will choose two winners to receive a signed copy of either artist Teal Blake‘s Wrangler Award-winning J is for Jackalope book:

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or chuckwagon cooks Kent and Shannon Rollins’ brand new Faith, Family, & the Feast cookbook:

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Some ideas for your daily posts:

• post your own poems
• write an Art Spur poem
• post favorite poems (get permission for poems not in the public domain; just giving credit is not enough)
• share our posts and others’ posts
• make and share videos
• do a book or cd giveaway of your own
• post your photos of cowboy and ranching life
• make the Cowboy Poetry Week poster your cover photo
• spread the word.

Just do it every day of Cowboy Poetry Week.

On Saturday, April 25, the final day of Cowboy Poetry Week, email us and send a link to your page or site.  If you have a preference for either of the giveaway books, you can include that. We’ll draw winners on Monday, April 27.

Find more about Cowboy Poetry Week here and follow the news here.

Cowboy Poetry Week: April 19-25, 2020

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Below:
About Cowboy Poetry Week
Get Involved
Rural Library Program
Poster by Teal Blake
MASTERS: VOLUME FOUR, the poetry and song of Badger Clark
Join us. Visit our sponsors.

Cowboy Poetry Week Giveaway

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Cowboy Poetry Week Art Spur

 Cowboy Poetry Week News
 

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COWBOY POETRY
by Jane Morton (1931-2020)

The round-ups, the brandings,
the calvings are done,
as ranchers sell out
and move on one by one.

We must tell the stories,
so memories live on,
past time when the tellers
themselves are long gone.

© 2004, Jane Morton

Cowboy Poetry Week is celebrated each year during April, National Poetry Month in the United States.

In 2020, Cowboy Poetry Week—the nineteenth annual—takes place April 19-25, 2020.

In 2020 it is made possible by generous support from Edmund Wattis Littlefield, a grant from the Margaret T. Morris Foundation, super donor Jean A. Emmons, and all of the individuals and organizations who support the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry.

CowboyPoetry.com initiated Cowboy Poetry Week, and for the celebration’s second year, in April 2003, the United States Senate passed a resolution, with unanimous approval, recognizing our Cowboy Poetry Week celebration. Twenty-three states’ governors and other officials have recognized Cowboy Poetry Week since, and many activities take place in communities across the West and beyond.

See the 2020 events as they are announced on the calendar here.

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GET INVOLVED!

Get your schools, libraries, and community involved! Perform your poetry, donate a book or CD, share your knowledge. In recent years, poets and others have created special social media posts and events for Cowboy Poetry Week. Share the poster!

We have beautiful handout cards for gatherings and other locations. Contact us if you’d like a supply.

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Find more ideas about how to get involved here.

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THE RURAL LIBRARY PROGRAM

The Rural Library Program is an important Cowboy Poetry Week outreach activity, a part of our mission to serve a mostly under-served community of rural Westerners. Each year, a new compilation CD of top classic and contemporary cowboy poetry is offered, along with Cowboy Poetry Week posters, to hundreds of rural libraries across the West. The CD is also available for purchase.

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THE 2020 POSTER 

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Teal Blake paints honest, realistic portrayals of  the real working West. A life of cowboying and rodeo experience informs his talent. We’re honored to have his stunning painting, “Ranch Water,” as the image for the 2020 Cowboy Poetry Week poster:

About Teal Blake, from his web site:

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Teal Blake grew up in Montana, on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by ranching country. Growing up in his father’s studio looking at C.M. Russell paintings and reading Will James books inspired him to pick up a pencil and start capturing his own visions of cowboys and the American West.

Teal has been painting professionally since 2005, he was predestined to become, a western artist. Teal has always liked to show what makes the traditional West: cowboys not always clean shaven, shirts not always creased, and their horses’ manes not always long.

Teal’s love for the tradition of ranching and cowboying is unparalleled. Up before dawn gathering the cavvy, camping out on the wagon for weeks on end and playing cards with the crew during a rainstorm. Blake’s portrayal of ranch life and the handful of people keeping it alive is an authentic one. No models, no costumes, simply being fortunate enough to work and ride alongside his friends and muses; he is able to capture his material and inspiration first-hand.

In 2014 Teal’s labor, talent and accomplishments earned him an invitation into the renowned Cowboy Artists of America organization. He has also been honored with several awards, including the Joe Beeler CAA Foundation Award and 1st Place Watercolor at the Phippen Museum and has been featured in such magazines as Western Horseman, Western Art & Architecture, Southwest Art, Ranch & Reata and The Cowboy Way.

In 2011 Teal created “We Pointed Them North,” an art show held in Fort Worth, celebrating the memoirs of Teddy “Blue” Abbott. Teal’s work appeared on the cover of Big Bend Saddlery catalogue in 2012 and 2013. His painting “Morning Gather” was used for the cover of Some Horses by Thomas McGuane.

Teal and his son Luca currently reside in Fort Worth, Texas.

Find more about Teal Blake here in this blog, where there are additional links, and at tealblake.com.

Posters are never sold. They are sent to participants in Cowboy Poetry Week’s Rural Library Program and sent to Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry supporters (at the $50 USD level and higher) as thank you gifts.

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MASTERS: VOLUME FOUR, the poetry and song of Badger Clark

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Each year, we produce a compilation CD project. These CDs are offered at no cost to rural libraries each year in our Rural Library Program, a part of Cowboy Poetry Week. They are also a premium for our supporters and are sold, with all proceeds going toward the next year’s project.

There are ten volumes of The BAR-D Roundup and we’re at work on the fourth volume in the MASTERS series.

MASTERS: VOLUME FOUR, the poetry and songs of Charles Badger Clark, Jr. originally scheduled for released in June, 2020 but currently postponed, will include recitations by today’s cowboy poets as well as recitations in Clark’s own voice. For the first time, a few select songs created from Badger Clark’s works will be included.

Greg Scott, author of Cowboy Poetry, Classic Poems & Prose by Badger Clark, describes Clark:

Badger Clark (1883-1957) parlayed four years of cowboy life on an Arizona ranch into a forty-year career as America’s most successful cowboy poet. Best known for his collection of cowboy poems, Sun and Saddle Leather, first published in 1915 and still in print today, Clark also enjoyed a decades-long career as a public speaker.

A life-long resident of South Dakota, mostly in the Black Hills, Badger Clark was named Poet Laureate of that state in 1936, a title he retained for the remainder of his life. Clark lived to see many of his poems become better known as folk songs. Among his most widely recited and sung verses are “A Cowboy’s Prayer” and “A Border Affair.”

Greg Scott will contribute an introduction to MASTERS: VOLUME FOUR, the poetry and songs of Charles Badger Clark, Jr. and a recitation of one of Clark’s poems.

Stay tuned for more details on the double CD.

Find more about Badger Clark at cowboypoetry.com.

CDs are sent to libraries in Cowboy Poetry Week’s associated Rural Library Program, given to supporters (at the $50 USD level and higher) as thank you gifts, and available to the public.

Find information about the previous MASTERS CDs here, and about the BAR-D Roundup series, at CowboyPoetry.com.

 

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JOIN US  

Cowboy Poetry Week and its associated Rural Library Program are made possible by a generous and engaged community.

See all of the generous supporters to the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry and find how to be a part of it all here.

Receive the 2020 poster and MASTERS CD with a donation of $50 or more.

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You can make a donation by check or money order, by mail (please use the form here for mail) or by a secure, on-line credit card payment through PayPal (a PayPal account is not required):

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Contributions to the Center are deductible for federal income tax purposes.

As in all professional journalistic endeavors, no editorial preference is given to financial sponsors or supporters.

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“Ranch Water,” by Teal Blake — Cowboy Poetry Week Art Spur, 2020

ranchwater“Ranch Water,” © 2019, Teal Blake, 40×40 oil, request permission for use

Our 52nd piece offered to “spur” the imagination is a special Cowboy Poetry Week Art Spur, “Ranch Water,” a painting by Texas cowboy and artist Teal Blake. The painting is selected as the poster art for the 19th annual Cowboy Poetry Week.

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Find more about Teal Blake in our feature here and visit tealblake.com.

SUBMISSIONS

Submissions from all are welcome through Monday, April 13, 2020.

•  Even if you have a poem or song pending, you are welcome to send one submission inspired by this painting.

•  Art Spur subjects are meant to inspire; we look for poems and songs inspired by— the piece, not necessarily for a literal description of the image or its subject.

•  Do follow our regular guidelines for submissions.

•  When you email your submission to poems@cowboypoetry.com, please indicate in the subject line that it is an Art Spur submission.

Find previous Cowboy Poetry Week Art Spur subjects and their poems here and at CowboyPoetry.com.

COWBOY, by J.B. Allen

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COWBOY
by J.B. Allen (1938-2005)

A’settin a’horseback at the first rays of the sun,
on a cool late spring mornin’, ‘fore the brandin’ is done
is payment in full, for chores done and forgotten
through a winter of feedin’ and calves misbegotten.

The pay ain’t the reason for the work that we do.
It’s a feel for the land and the stock, that comes through
in the lives that we lead, and the character shown,
by the doin’ of jobs that will never be known,
except by ourselves, and the creature attended,
and the feelin’ that comes, when seein’ it mended.

I’ve known some ol’ boys, that were just downright mean,
but out on a roundup they surely were keen
to be on the spot, when the cattle were leavin’,
or up to their waists in the sand and a’heavin’
on a cow that had blundered out into a bog,
and then take their time to drag up a log,
to the keep the wood comin’ for the cook of the crew,
then watch the young heifers, till the calvin’ was through.

It’s easy to throw the word “cowboy” around,
but a real one is almighty hard to be found.

© 1990, J.B. Allen, from Water Gap Wisdom, used with permission
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission

Texan J.B. Allen was a widely respected working cowboy for over three decades. He was a frequent performer at the Western Folklife Center’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and also at the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Nara Visa, the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, and other events. His poetry is included in many anthologies and in his own books and recordings.

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His book, The Medicine Keepers, received the Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1998. The late Buck Ramsey, in his introduction to the book, wrote of J.B. Allen, “More than most cowboys, he held to the ways and memories…thought and talked the old lingo” and stated, “…in my opinion he is the best living writer of traditional cowboy verse.”

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J.B. Allen’s poetry is featured in a CD from CowboyPoetry.com, MASTERS, along with the work of Larry McWhorter, J.B. Allen, Sunny Hancock, and Ray Owens. The compilation includes recorded poems, “live” performances, and their recitations of other masters’ works (Buck Ramsey, S. Omar Barker, and Henry Herbert Knibbs) with an introduction by  Jay Snider.

Find more about J.B. Allen at cowboypoetry.com.

We are pleased to debut the 19th annual Cowboy Poetry Week poster, with its striking art, “Ranch Water,” by Teal Blake). Find more about him and more of his work at tealblake.com and follow him at instagram.com/tealcokeblake.

The 19th annual Cowboy Poetry Week is celebrated April 19-25, 2020. The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry inaugurated Cowboy Poetry Week in 2002 with initiatives to promote cowboy poetry and associated Western arts, to strengthen the community of poets and artists, and to make cowboy poetry more accessible to a wide audience.

Get your schools, libraries, and community involved! Perform your poetry, donate a book, share your knowledge during Cowboy Poetry Week.  In recent years, poets and others have created special social media posts and events for Cowboy Poetry Week. Share the poster!

Each year the Center produces a Western art poster and a compilation CD project, both of which are offered to hundreds of rural libraries through Cowboy Poetry Week’s Rural Library Program.

This year’s double CD, MASTERS: VOLUME FOUR, the poetry and song of Charles Badger Clark, Jr., will be released in June. It will include recitations by today’s poets; poems in Clark’s own voice; and, for the first time in one of these projects, songs that were created from Badger Clark’s poems. A full announcement is forthcoming.

(Posters are never sold. They are sent to libraries and given, along with the year’s CD, to donors of $50 or more. Join us! You’ll be supporting the Center and its programs and receive these gifts. There’s info here.)

Find more about Cowboy Poetry Week here and stay tuned for much more to come about the celebration.

(Please respect copyright. You can share this poem with this post, but for other uses, request permission.)

Teal Blake

Teal Blake’s honest, realistic portrayals of  the real working West are informed by a life of cowboying and rodeo experience. We’re honored to have his stunning painting, “Ranch Water,” as the image for the 2020 Cowboy Poetry Week poster:

ranchwater“Ranch Water,” © 2019, Teal Blake, 40×40 oil, request permission for use

 

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Known for his watercolors, you can explore the depth and great breadth of his work at TealBlake.com, including bucking horses, ledgers, logos, cartoons, and more.  Here are a few examples of the variety of his subjects:

tularosaflats“Tularosa Flats,” © 2019, Teal Blake, 40×40 oil, request permission for use

thecampthief“The Camp Thief,” © 2019, Teal Blake, 40×40 oil, request permission for use

 

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Ledger art © 2019, Teal Blake, 40×40 oil, request permission for use

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In 2019, Teal Blake wrote and illustrated J is for Jackalope, a delightful story inspired by the tales he would tell his son. Find more about it and how it came about in our review here.

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tealblakeportrait   Official biography:

Teal Blake grew up in Montana, on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by ranching country. Growing up in his father’s studio looking at C.M. Russell paintings and reading Will James books inspired him to pick up a pencil and start capturing his own visions of cowboys and the American West.

Teal has been painting professionally since 2005, he was predestined to become, a western artist. Teal has always liked to show what makes the traditional West: cowboys not always clean shaven, shirts not always creased, and their horses’ manes not always long.

Teal’s love for the tradition of ranching and cowboying is unparalleled. Up before dawn gathering the cavvy, camping out on the wagon for weeks on end and playing cards with the crew during a rainstorm. Blake’s portrayal of ranch life and the handful of people keeping it alive is an authentic one. No models, no costumes, simply being fortunate enough to work and ride alongside his friends and muses; he is able to capture his material and inspiration first-hand.

In 2014 Teal’s labor, talent and accomplishments earned him an invitation into the renowned Cowboy Artists of America organization. He has also been honored with several awards, including the Joe Beeler CAA Foundation Award and 1st Place Watercolor at the Phippen Museum and has been featured in such magazines as Western Horseman, Western Art & Architecture, Southwest Art, Ranch & Reata and The Cowboy Way.

In 2011 Teal created “We Pointed Them North,” an art show held in Fort Worth, celebrating the memoirs of Teddy “Blue” Abbott. Teal’s work appeared on the cover of Big Bend Saddlery catalogue in 2012 and 2013. His painting “Morning Gather” was used for the cover of Some Horses by Thomas McGuane.

Teal and his son Luca currently reside in Fort Worth, Texas.

More about Teal Blake:

Cowboy Artists of America
TealBlake.com
Instagram
Facebook

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