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Rhymin' on the range: cowboy poets in Elko, Nevada.

In January, when the fall cattle drive is a stiff-jointed memory and spring calving a bright promise, a cowboy's thoughts turn to ... poetry? "It's a slow time on most ranches, so we figured to hold our gathering then," said one organizer of the second annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. It's also a slow time in Elko, generally speaking. But from January 30 through February 1, about a hundred range-hardened poets with drift into town to recite their best original poems and favorite traditional works. No prizes are offered, and listening is free. Rules? Entrants must have at one time or another earned their living working with cattle.

Held at the Elko Convention Center, 700 Festival Way, from noon to 5 Thursday, 9 to 5 Friday and Saturday, readings will be grouped into hour-long sessions. While you're there, view or buy some of the more elaborate cowboy crafts and gear like angora chaps, hand-tooled spurs, decorated saddles. On Friday and Saturday nights, there'll be musical performances (admission not yet set).

Across the street in the Northeastern Nevada Museum, take in a free show of Western art and a photography exhibit of and by cowboys, on display January 30 through February 15; hours are 9 to 5 daily except noon to 5 Sunday.
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Date:Jan 1, 1986
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