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Nevada: A cowboy gathering in Elko? It could be verse

November 01, 2013|By Christopher Reynolds
  • Poet Waddie Mitchell performs at the 2009 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev.
Poet Waddie Mitchell performs at the 2009 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering… (Charlie Ekburg / Sweetlight…)

In Elko poets gather

to dodge Nevada chill

To read, hold forth and blather

As versifiers will.

This January hoedown

joins horsemen and their kin

to artists who aren’t highbrow.

One year I will sneak in.

In other words, the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nev., is staging its 30th Cowboy Poetry Gathering Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2014. The programming honors horsemen Bill and Tom Dorrance.

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