There’s a lot to be said for the creative aspects of writing poetry. It is mentally stimulating, particularly when you’re involved in expressing your exact feelings within the constraints of traditional poetic forms with true rhymes.
Beyond that, however, lies another extremely rewarding aspect of being a poet. And that is mentoring others who wish to be able to express themselves through the creation of their own poetry. Over the past twelve years, we’ve mentored quite a few folks ranging in age from twelve to the mid seventies. It has been tremendously rewarding and fulfilling to witness their success.
One venue for both experienced and beginning poets has been our own website. From that site, ninety-one poems authored by sixteen poets from across the U.S. were published in a book, Western Viewpoints, last year. The book is available through local and internet booksellers around the world. It is possible that another volume might be published in the not-too-distant future as our website now contains seventy-eight poems by fifteen poets, almost enough for a reasonably sized book!
Our requirements are not terribly complex:
western, or cowboy theme in modern or historic setting,
traditional poetic form, not blank or free verse,
true rhymes such as love/dove (but not love/glove or love/over), and
shorter poems (equivalent of twelve or fewer, 4-line stanzas) are preferred.
So, if you are an experienced or published poet, you might consider the rewards of mentoring others in this uniquely American literary form. And, if you are not a poet but you’d like to try your hand at writing some western or cowboy verses, do it and send it along for consideration. Limited mentoring is usually available if desired.