19. The Coyote Nature of Cowboy Poetry

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Barbara Barney Nelson

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch19

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

How to Cite

Barney Nelson, B. (2011) The Coyote Nature of Cowboy Poetry, in A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (ed N. S. Witschi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch19

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187336

Online ISBN: 9781444396591

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Keywords:

  • the coyote nature of cowboy poetry;
  • classic cowboy poetry - a collective tribute to nature;
  • cowboy poetry, from a written tradition - working-class cowboy “sifted”;
  • struggle with identity, the western US being - or still being, a colony of the eastern US;
  • polyvocal narrative voice - in traditional cowboy poetry, insights that Native American criticism can give to this voice;
  • poems, “The Zebra Dun” - serious American literature, race, class and democratic ideals;
  • Edward Said (1979), and viewing the “other” - through a cultural filter, distorts its reality;
  • Laurie Wagner Buyer's contemporary “Haiku from the Mountains” - the coyote's song, timelessness equal to water, stone and starlight;
  • Clark's poem “The Outlaw,” cowboy narrator - taming the wildest horses and steers, but never himself;
  • calling someone a “cowboy” today - being similar, to calling someone, a coyote or a wolf

Summary

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  • References and Further Reading