Magazine article Sunset

Prescott, Arizona: Poetry, Stories, and Songs of Cowboy Living

Magazine article Sunset

Prescott, Arizona: Poetry, Stories, and Songs of Cowboy Living

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Dawn on the mountains, / Dusk on the plain, / In my Arizona-- / It's August again." For the late cowboy poet Gail Gardner, August was a favorite time of year because of the way the light dances across the landscape. But the month also heralded a rendezvous that was nearer and dearer to his heart than any roundup--the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, held annually in his hometown of Prescott.

This year's gathering takes place August 18, 19, and 20, and features dozens of invited participants from Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and other states. The emphasis is on traditional poetry, stories, and songs that preserve an oral history of the working cowboy's life.

The gathering kicks off at 7:30 P.M. Thursday with a performance by poets and singers at the Elks Opera House, a turn-of-the-century theater in downtown Prescott. Daytime sessions Friday afternoon and all day on Saturday include recitations, songwriting workshops, and storytelling. You can even try your vocal cords on open-mike poetry recitations or attempt to fathom yodeling techniques. …

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