Some of my cowboy poet friends are gettin’ criticized for promotin’ their poetry. Seems like those critics just don’t appreciate the reality of doin’ business.
Several of my cowboy poet/musician associates are appearing with me in Redmond, Washington on Saturday afternoon, June 20th. Our appearance reminds me that, unlike the multitudes of “modern poets,” we are among the few who offer a marketable service…a truly American, authentic, folk art which is entertaining, educational, and rewarding for both performers and audiences.
Those who are true to the art form…western theme, traditional poetic form and meter, and true rhymes…appear (very frequently for paid gigs) at county fairs, cowboy gatherings, retirement and nursing homes, service clubs, etc. We have reason to be proud of our great American heritage: remembering, preserving, sharing, and celebrating our western and cowboy heritage and the great traditions which that heritage embodies!
For those who are performers, please be true to that heritage, deposit your generous honoraria, and rejoice in your participation in a unique poetic art form which had it’s beginning in the American west in the mid-1800s.