Deschutes Public Library News
Gather Round The Campfire
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 5/26/2004
At the LaPine Public Library on Saturday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m., local poets keep the tradition of Cowboy Poetry alive at “Gather Round The Campfire: Cowboy Poetry.” This program is free and open to the public.
As old as the art of cowboying itself, cowboy poetry roots deep into the history of the West. At the end of the day, around a glowing campfire, cowboys would entertain themselves with stories of the trail and life in the lonely, wideopen spaces.
Roger L. Traweek, born into a Montana ranching family, draws inspiration from his childhood on the family ranch. “I've strayed a long way from the range in my lifetime, and it's nice to have a comfortable place to which I can return...my experiences on the ranch offer me that,” says Traweek. His poem, “The Home Place,” was selected and included in The Big Roundup, and anthology published in 2001.
Like most people who read and write cowboy poetry, Eric Wyman can’t be kept indoors for too long. Although he had written poetry on and off since high school, Wyman first heard cowboy poetry on a local radio station. He was captivated by the pictures of western life painted by the words of poets and musicians paying tribute to a simpler lifestyle.
Brush off your hat, saddle up the family, and head to the LaPine Library for a dose of true western culture. For more information, please call 312-1032.