Ten Ways Cowboy Poetry Differs

1.  It has a western or cowboy theme, respecting our great Western Heritage.
2.  It captures the rhythm of horse’ hooves on the trail.
3.  It has consistent meter within each verse and from verse to verse.
4.  It has true rhymes…love/dove, not love/wove or love/over.
5.  It uses traditional poetic forms, not blank or free verse.
6.  It offers the challenge for expression within the constraints of meter and rhyme.
7.  It reflects personal experience and knowledge of western life and lore.
8.  It has an obvious meaning which does not require explanation or apology.
9.  It is a true American literary style for both written and spoken presentation.
10.  It is respectful of the heritage, beliefs, opinions, and lives of others.