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What happens when you put cowboys in a room to talk politics?


At the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada, friends and performers with wide-ranging views met to discuss climate change, immigration and other concerns ‘without demonizing each other’

Several weeks ahead of the 35th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, Gail Steiger, a rancher and singer-songwriter from Yavapai county, Arizona, emailed a proposal to a small host of close friends and fellow performers.

“None of us fit easily in any box, but we all hold each other in high regard,” he wrote.

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…This poem,

then, exists only to sift its own ashen

How long can we be entertained

by delusion, the dissolution

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