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Red Steagall

New and Selected Poems

Red Steagall

Publication Year: 2007

The State of Texas has honored Texas Poets Laureate for seventy-three years, but much of their work has gone unpublished and unrecognized. In a significant step toward recognizing the achievements of the Texas Poets Laureate, TCU Press will publish a series of the work of the Poets Laureate, with a volume dedicated to each poet. The series begins with the 2005 and 2006 Texas Poets Laureate, Alan Birkelbach and Red Steagall, and will continue through the next five appointments. These beautiful volumes collect the finest work of each individual poet. While a single volume may stand alone as a valuable selection of a poet’s work, the series as a whole will draw their different voices together into a singular poetic expression of Texas. Red Steagall has made his career in bringing the cowboy way of life into the public eye through many different media, and his poetry has been an important part of this effort. Here, it speaks as poetry in its own right. His poems, however, never lack a musical, songlike quality; his lilting rhythms carry the reader through the journey that each poem represents. Steagall’s poems chart the changing of the land and the passing of generations, but they rest on the solid ground of a steady faith.

Published by: TCU Press

Title Page

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Copyright

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Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-3

The abilities of Red Steagall the musician, both in performance and songwriting, are generally known. His poetry is not as well known because poetry is, in our age, not as popular as song. That is not to say that he does not have a readership; he has a number of poetry books and is the current Texas Poet Laureate. Readers have noticed his gift ...

The Memories In Grandmother’s Trunk

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pp. 5-6

The Code of the West Hasn’t Changed

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pp. 7-8

A Dusty Cotton Field

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pp. 9-10

Bedroll

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pp. 11-12

McCorkle and the Wire

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pp. 13-15

Born to This Land

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pp. 16-17

The Real America

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pp. 18-19

Deacon and the Dun

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pp. 20-21

The Last Buffalo

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pp. 22-23

Climbin’ Out the Other Side

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pp. 24-26

My Best Friend

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pp. 27-

The Fence That Me and Shorty Built

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pp. 28-31

Bright Comanche Moon

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pp. 32-34

The Weather

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pp. 35-36

Ride for the Brand

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pp. 37-39

The Song of the West

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pp. 40-41

The Picture

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pp. 42-43

The Maverick Way

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pp. 44-45

The Shank of the Evenin’

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pp. 46-47

All They’ve Changed is the Guard at Fort Sill

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pp. 48-49

The Bell on Old Blue

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p. 51-51

Boley

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pp. 52-54

The Visalia

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pp. 55-57

For J.J.

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pp. 58-60

The Blue Roan and the Kid

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pp. 61-63

When Joseph Was Chief

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pp. 64-65

To An Old Friend

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pp. 66-68

Hats Off to the Cowboy

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pp. 69-

Sourdough, Beefsteak, and Beans

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pp. 70-72

We’re Hangin’ Him Tonite

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pp. 73-

Paw-Paw

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pp. 74-76

The Wagon Tongue

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pp. 77-78

Acknowledgments

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pp. 80-82


E-ISBN-13: 9780875654607
E-ISBN-10: 0875654606
Print-ISBN-13: 9780875653419
Print-ISBN-10: 0875653413

Page Count: 96
Publication Year: 2007

Edition: 1
Series Title: TCU Texas Poet Laureate Series