Award-winning poet and working ranchman Mike Dunn shares thoughts on cowboy poetry in the 21st century.
Cowboy poet Mike Dunn learned the life of a cowboy as a boy on his grandfather’s ranch along the east side of the Whetstone Mountains southwest of Benson. It was there he experienced the values of home, land, love of family, and hard work that he writes about in his award winning poetry. While still maintaining his portion of his family’s ranch, he lives in Mesa where he works at Boeing as an engineer. And even though there are fewer working ranches these days, Mike believes the values exemplified by the cowboys have continued meaning and relevance for modern Arizonans.
Much of his original poetry, shared in the book entitled “Somewhere Between Earth and Heaven,” reflects his own experiences, along with the experiences and stories passed down – widely accepted as a tribute to the ranch family. The Academy of Western Artists named it as a recipient of the Will Rogers Medallion Award shortly after its publication; there are also two CDs (Volumes 1 & 2) by the same name.
Additional Audio: Mike Dunn shares details on his poem, “Wrappings and Bows”, with a spoken excerpt.
Additional Audio: Mike Dunn shares a short Thanksgiving poem.
Video: Mike shares more thoughts on Cowboy Poetry, and shares his poem, Spellbound
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