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click to enlarge Home, home on the stage, where Baxter will tell tales about sage
  • Home, home on the stage, where Baxter will tell tales about sage

Roses are red, violets are blue, most cowboys don't write poetry ... but men like Baxter do.

The Pikes Peak Library District will celebrate a century of bookworm catering this weekend with Baxter Black, the most popular cowboy poet on the planet. Who did he sleep with, in a manner of speaking, on his way to the top? His wife Cindy Lou mostly, but Even Cowgirls Get the Blues author and fan Tom Robbins and National Public Radio have definitely been prominent players for him along the trail.

Two decades ago, Black was broke and in the red when he decided to pen a rodeo novel called Hey Cowboy, Wanna Get Lucky? Fast-forward: Black has nearly a baker's dozen titles to his name including Croutons on a Cowpie and his latest Horseshoes, Cowsocks, & Duckfeet (as well as nearly a dozen audio and video tapes).

Brace yourself to bust a gut, as the sagebrush Shakespeare spins yarns about wild cow-milking contests, skinny-dipping ranch hands, bovine uterine prolapse, and the forever dreaded vegetarian's nightmare. Prior to his evening appearance at the Pikes Peak Center, Black will John Hancock copies of his various collections in the Carnegie section of Penrose Library (of all the edible animals on Earth, autograph hounds are his favorite).

Whip out your wallet, lasso your lover, and jockey for a seat in the peanut gallery.

-- Orange Peel Moses


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