Author George Rhoades newest book, “Musings from Cowboy Country” is more than just a poetry book
George Rhoades has been writing professionally for a long time – yes, a really long time. With “Musings from Cowboy Country” – his third poetry book, Rhoades’ pens reflections that are more than just random thoughts.
Reading his newest book is like peeking into the journal of someone who has more stories to share than there are days to write them. Imbued with humor, some serious contemplations, Rhoades, already a seasoned award-winning writer, continues to produce work worth mentioning.
A favorite is “May of 1945” and shares the story, with great details, of a family memory.
Here’s an excerpt:
“I found the old newspaper
In the jar, crumbling,
Where my Dad left it
In May of 1945.
I was 9 years old then,
We lived on a ranch
In southern Oklahoma
Back in May of 1945.”
There’s 14 more stanzas.
Rhoades’ poem “May of 1945” is a solemn reminder of the fact that no matter who you are, cowboy or not, or where you live – certain events in history impact you.
Not everyone knows how to tell their story, but thanks to Rhoades and his writing, the stories live to tell us.
Rhoades is author of Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems, and After the Chisholm. He is winner of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Will Rogers Gold and Bronze Medallions, and finalist in contests like the Western Music Association Poetry Book. He was born on a farm in Cotton County, Oklahoma. Work titles over the years: rancher, reporter/editor for UPI and
Oklahoma newspapers; and college journalism professor. He says this may be his last book.
Autographed copies of
Musings from Cowboy Country, and his other two books are all available in our gift shop.