A Convergence of Cowboys

March 19, 2019

It might seem that the cowboy myth has won out over reality, but there are still some holdouts. For the Los Angeles Review of Books, Sean McCoy reports on the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and tells you everything you didn’t know (so, pretty much everything) about the history and aesthetics of cowboy poetry. Written to be shared, cowboy poetry, McCoy writes, “brings a community together; it bridges the great spaces between ranches and alleviates the isolation inherent to cowboying.”

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is a staff writer for The Millions. Born and raised in New York, she now lives in the Midwest, where she is a PhD student in American literature.

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