Paul shares a poem written in memory of Buck Ramsey. Paul Zarzyski performs "Putting the Rodeo Try Into Cowboy Poetry" during the "Muses Don't Need No Stinkin' GPS" show at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Great Falls, MT
Paul Zarzyski, veteran of 33 consecutive Gatherings and the recipient of the 2005 Montana Governor's Arts Award for Literature, has written poetry for two thirds of his lifetime,so far, on this planet alone. Even before his short rodeo bareback bronc rider, he wrote, unbeknownst to him at the time, Rodeo Poetry, as his approach to the page has always been to
"take that extra tuck and let the lingo buck." Along with his ten books and six spoken-word CDs, Paul -- thanks to Ian Tyson's encouragement in the early Elko years -- has co-written numerous songs, most recently with Hal Cannon of 3hattrio and Gail Steiger. His latest book and companion double-CD are both titled "Steering With My Knees," which Paul deems "the definitive metaphorical image of living a wild-West life as a wild writer writing/riding wildly into the far-out wilds of the Cowpoke Cosmos mind."
"Putting the Rodeo Try Into Cowboy Poetry"
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Western Folklife Center’s G Three Bar Theater in Elko, Nevada on Jan. 31, 2019.
Made possible by the multitude of staff, artists, volunteers, and community members working behind the scenes to make this show happen.
Brought to you by the Western Folklife Center, using story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world.