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At the Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Tall Tales, Resonant Rhymes
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10/8/2018 at 2:29:37 PM GMT
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At the Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Tall Tales, Resonant Rhymes

By Chris Wohlwend —

 “As a sellout crowd jostled its way into the first big show of the 34th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering on a late-January night in Elko, Nev., old friends backslapped each other and laughed about past gatherings. It was a rowdy, good-natured opening of what has become the premier celebration of The Cowboy Way.

The atmosphere was not surprising — Elko, population about 18,000, sits in the northeastern corner of Nevada, an oasis in the Great Basin’s high-desert terrain and the center of the area’s ranching lifestyle. And the gathering commemorates the end-of-the-cattle-drive festivities that defined the Old West, with camaraderie and all that the term encompasses: tall tales, poetry and songs, dancing, gambling, thick steaks and strong drinks.


To continue reading, visit the full article on The New York Times’s website.

Wohlwend, Chris. “At the Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Tall Tales, Resonant Rhymes.” The New York Times (September 26, 2018). <>

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