Waddie eases rhythmically into this reverie on memories brought on by autumn's turn. Waddie Mitchell recites "When They've Finished Shipping Cattle in the Fall" by Bruce Kiskaddon during the "From the Front Porch" show at the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Twin Bridges, NV
Waddie Mitchell was immersed in the cowboy way of entertaining as a boy on the Nevada ranches where his father worked. The art of spinning tales in rhyme and meter about a rich lifestyle of pushing cows and living off the land came to be called cowboy poetry. Waddie recites the older classics as well as his own works, eloquently expressing moments grand and common, humorous and tragic. In 1985, Waddie helped organize Elko’s first Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Since then, he has kept busy writing, publishing, and recording.
"When They've Finished Shipping Cattle in the Fall" poem by Bruce Kiskaddon.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Elko Convention Center’s Laurena Moren Theater in Elko, NV, on Jan. 30, 2014.
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.